APPLETON - Potholes, tar patches, uneven surface. No, it’s not astreet in need of repair. It's Appleton West High School'strack.
Because the track is condemned the school can't host track meetsthere. But sometimes it’s athletes only option to practiceon. And they say when you're running on this track, you're runninginto problems.
“I've had shin splints from this and then it would shootup into my knees and I've had ankle problems too from running onthis track,” said junior Deidra Fabbri.
“My grandparents and my parents always tell me you shouldprobably just stop running because you always get hurt, “saidsenior Pedro Puente.
The district plans to build a new track. It has bought severalhouses along Mason Street so it can expand. But two houses must bewilling to sell before groundbreaking can start. School officialsmet Monday to discuss the projects progress, they have anadditional hurdle to cross; the cost of at least $250,000.
“Our booster club is going to help as much as it can forraising funds for a new track but we certainly have to look forother resources as well,” said Principal Greg Hartjes.
In the meantime, why doesn't the school just repair the track?Hartjes says it would cost at least $30,000 to do that.
“We could do a short term fix for a smaller amount ofmoney but then that's only going to last for so long,” saidHartjes.
Cross Country coach Terry Gross says it's frustrating theproject hasn't gotten off the ground. And he worries about the kidsat practice.
“You have to make a decision, is it safe to put them onthe track? How much work can we get in? Is there another facilitywe can use?” said Gross.
But other facilities aren't always available for practice, andthey must run here, which is frustrating for this team.
“We have grass growing in the lanes,” saidFabbri.
They hope the plans for a new facility will get on track so theycan get of theirs
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