Street Outdoor Track & Field Facility
The Russell Street Outdoor Track & Field
Facility opened in April 2002. The main
attraction is the brand new 8-lane mondo
surfaced track. The track is very
circular with short straight-aways, making it
seem shorter than its true 400 meter distance.
Long jump pits, steeplechase water pits, and
pole vault pits are a few of the
facility's features. With the Thorncrag
mountains in the distance, running
on the track really reminds athletes that they
are in the beautiful state of Maine.
Right next to the track is the throwing complex
with a discus and hammer cage.
Bates' indoor track is a 6-lane lightly mondo
surface. In the center of the track are tennis courts for indoor use. During
all seasons the runners meet at the indoor track, which is housed in Merrill
Gymnasium. On the wall are the All-American plaques, National Champions
plaques, and the Bates school records board. By meeting under these objects of
achievement, the runners are constantly reminded what they can hope to aspire
Matt "Shelly" Daly, Matt Biggart, Mike Downing, and Nic Hansen stretch and
lift legs on the indoor track after a day's workout.
Bates provides a free athletic laundry
service to its athletes. Some take it for granted but many other schools, even
Division I, do not offer this service...and all those smelly clothes can add
up. Just put the clothes in a mesh bag, throw it in the metal chute on the
left and the next day the clean running clothes will be in the locker ready to