It takes a lot to leave Coach Mueller speechless. Known for rambling on for hours at the cross country and track banquets, Mueller was at a loss for words on Wednesday when construction finally began on two new runways adjacent to Ravenwood's track.
The project began in earnest on a cold day back in December of 2009 when Mueller met with representatives from Competition Athletic Surfaces to survey the area near the track and layout a plan for adding new runways for the long and triple jumps. It took seven years to raise the $35,000 needed to get the project green lighted. For the first few years it seemed like the project would never get off the ground, but from 2013-2016, track booster club officers Kathy Sorenson and Tracie Henderson worked relentlessly to make the runways a reality, even though their children would probably graduate before they would get to use them. "I am incredibly grateful to Mrs. Sorenson and Mrs. Henderson for their efforts over the last several years," Coach Mueller said. "They devoted a tremendous amount of time to fundraising and volunteering to support our track & field program and they have left behind a legacy that will endure for a long time."
Construction began Wednesday morning, February 22, and could be done as early as Monday, February 27. With Ravenwood's first home meet not until March 28, the new runways will definitely be ready. Having three runways will allow triple jump, long jump, and pole vault to be contested simultaneously, which will hopefully lead to Ravenwood hosting even bigger meets in the future, including TSSAA qualifying meets.