Student-athletes now compete at the new indoor track facility

New Indoor Track at Liberty University

When Liberty Track & Field Hall of Famer Annie Hunt Fairchild was a student-athlete in 1984, the university had no indoor track facility at all. Her coach, she said, would meet the team at the gym, and they would run three miles to a small junior high school track that had potholes.

Annie Hunt-Fairchild“On cold days,” she said, “we would run circles in the gym — lots and lots of circles.”

Although Fairchild, Liberty's most decorated female student-athlete at the NCAA Division II level, was grateful for what she had as a student, she couldn’t help but stand in amazement at the grand opening of the new complex last month.

“It’s definitely at the top of the class for indoor facilities and one of the best in the United States,” she said. “I’m sure that many records will be broken on the track — including mine one day.” Fairchild has held the women’s 1,000-meter indoor track record since 1988. 

The nearly $30 million state-of-the-art complex sits underneath the LU Monogram on Liberty Mountain. It features a hydraulically banked 200-meter oval track, one of only a few in the country. All six field events can be hosted in the complex, with the weight throw, shot put, and high jump pits located outside the track oval, and the pole vault, long jump, and triple jump runways located inside.

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