IU’s track receives IAAF certification

Indiana’s recently refinished track received a Class 2 certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations. The designation means that the track has met the measurement requirements and has the capabilities to host most international competitions. The track apparently just missed a Class 1 certification, which only four tracks in the U.S. have achieved. Only nine in the U.S. are certified by the IAAF.

Indiana is in negotiations to host the United States Track & Field Junior National Championships in 2012, and this certification would make that possible.

From IU sports information:

Hayes Track Receives IAAF Certification

Indiana’s track and field facility is one of just nine in the U.S. certified by the world governing body

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Athletics was notified by the International Association of Athletics Federations that Billy Hayes Track at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex has been certified as a Class 2 Athletics Facility. The home venue for IU track and field is just the ninth track on U.S. soil to receive IAAF certification and is only the sixth on a U.S. college campus. The Hoosiers claim the only IAAF certified venue in the Big Ten. The certification provides that Billy Hayes Track meets all technical requirements for IAAF events and that all measurements are accurate.

Billy Hayes Track was recently resurfaced by Polytan USA. The new surface was finished in May 2010 and hosted the 2010 Big Ten Track and Field Championships as well as the 2010 IHSAA Boys and Girls State Championships.

Associate Athletic Director for Sport Programs Janet Kittell serves as the administrator for the track and field program. She said the facility will allow the athletic department to realize goals that have been set in track and field.

“We’re thrilled to be the first in the Big Ten to have our track certified,” said Kittell. “The work that Polytan did for us was exceptional. We look forward to faster and faster times and bigger and bigger meets. One of the goals Fred Glass has set for our department is to host regional, national and international meets at all levels. This puts us one step closer to meeting those goals.”

Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Chuck Crabb said that the certification is a verification of a job well done by Polytan USA and contractor Cincinnati Floor Company.

“Indiana University Athletics is honored IAAF provided Class 2 certification of the newly resurfaced Hayes Track,” said Crabb. “It reflects our interest to provide the best possible competition area for the numerous events which are staged at Hayes Track each year. It guarantees Indiana Athletics that the installer met the highest possible standards for measurement of competition lanes, zones and areas.”

Director and head coach of Indiana track and field Ron Helmer said the completion of yet another world-class facility at Indiana University shows the commitment the department of athletics has made to the betterment of its student-athletes.

“We are honored to have such an outstanding facility for our student-athletes to train and compete in,” said Helmer. “By continuing to provide its athletic programs with truly world-class facilities, the Indiana University Athletic Department has shown its commitment to the development of student-athletes, for which we are truly grateful.”

3 comments

  1. As a T&F fan, this is great news. The upgrades to Billy Hayes make it a fantastic facility.

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