Oregon State will make significant improvements to the Whyte Track & Field Center in preparation for hosting the multi-events portion of the 2017 Pacific-12 Conference Track & Field Championships.
A video scoreboard; the hammer throw area; broadcast infrastructure and warm-up space for all home meets on the back stretch, to include a third pole vault runway (east and west) for competitions and practices; a third javelin runway to allow throwing into grass area of the hammer for practices and competitions; additional lane lines and starting lines for additional practices and prep for warmups for hosting home meets off the straightway; and a distance plaza area will be completed for the multi-events competition, scheduled for May 6-7, 2017.
The upgrades to allow hosting of the multi-events competition are part of Phase II of the donor-funded project to upgrade the Whyte Track & Field Center. The additional aspects of Phase II of a three-phase enhancement plan are the installation of grandstands, a press box, restrooms, concessions and other amenities and will come online as donations are secured.
Phase I was completed for the 2014 season and included an International Association of Athletics Federation-certified Olympic-caliber polyurethane surface; a FieldTurf infield; a nine-lane track; high jump aprons; long jump, triple jump, pole vault and javelin runways; shot put throw sectors; and dual discus rings.