The Cisco Independent School District dedicated a new state-of-the-art track complex on Thursday, March 10, in an opening ceremony held prior to the Lobo Relays. The renovation and expansion of the existing facility was made possible by the significant financial contributions of the Wilks Family, as well as several businesses and individuals who shared a common goal of providing a championship level facility for our student-athletes and the community.
Cisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Ryan Steele expressed his gratitude for the hard work and contributions of everyone involved in this undertaking. “There are so many people responsible for making this dream a reality,’ said Dr. Steele. “The school board had a vision, which became a mission, for renovating the complex, but it could not have happened without the dedication and hard work of all involved.”
The School Board of Cisco ISD envisioned a complex capable of hosting local, district and area-wide events, as well as providing a recreational outlet for the community. They did not disappoint. The upgraded facility, which includes a completely resurfaced track with upgraded field event stations located within the infield, is located on the west end of the Cisco High School Campus and north of Interstate 20 and the Myrtle Wilks Community Center. The main gate, which is located on the north end of the complex, was funded by Jesse and JimAnne (Baker) Hejny, who provide immeasurable support for Cisco ISD students.
New additions to the complex include new pole vault and jumping lanes located directly in front of the seating area. High Jump pits were also expanded and a new track timing camera system was installed to more accurately time races.
In addition, the lighted complex, which includes new handicap-accessible stadium seating for 1,000 spectators and fans, is enclosed by new wrought iron fencing and sidewalks to accommodate persons with disabilities. A new Press Box and Public Address System was also installed. A large concession building with restroom facilities was constructed between the complex and the Softball Field and will service both venues.
Dr. Steele stated that the commitment of local vendors, the City of Cisco, and the tireless effort of the Cisco ISD Maintenance team created a complex comparable to any in the state of Texas. “This amazing undertaking could not have succeeded without the professional workmanship and donation of J Baxter Construction, Flatworks Concrete, Watson Electric, and Collins & Sons Plumbing, all local businesses,” continued Dr. Steele. “The City of Cisco Water Department was invaluable during this process, as was County Commissioner Robert Rains, who provided help with the haul off and clean-up of the roads. I am especially indebted to the Maintenance Staff of the Cisco ISD for going above and beyond in making this project a tremendous success.”
The complex, which received rave reviews from participants and spectators following the Lobo Relays, will host the District 10-2A track and field meet, which begins on Friday, April 8, 2022.
Article contributed by Cisco ISD. Photos by Julie Elrod