Cambridge, Mass. (May 10) -- At the recent 2017 NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) dedicated the newly-renovated track and field complex that serves as the home of MIT men's and women's track and field. The facility is now known as the Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track, thanks to the generosity by the Morrison's in their support of the program. Don Morrison was a member of the MIT track and field team from 1958-1961 and still ranks among the program's all-time leaders in the long jump.
"Track gave me an awful lot when I was at MIT," said Don Morrison. "I would have survived without it, but I wouldn't have done as well and I certainly wouldn't have been as happy."
The track features a Beynon BSS 2000 surface and a Hobart finish as the Olympic caliber system features a force reduction layer of butyl rubber and full-depth color Polyurethane that is finished with a customized surface texture engineered to meet the intense demands of competition. All of the field competition areas were also fully resurfaced, along with upgrades of the wiring for the timing systems.
"What is particularly good about the track is that it's not just for Halston and his athletes, it's for the whole MIT community," said Morrison. "The staff, the faculty and the students, they all work so hard and you really need to stay physically fit in order to work like that. With the Morrison Track, it's very satisfying to Sherie and me to think of literally thousands of people who are going to be using that and making their lives better at MIT."
At the championship that followed the dedication, MIT's men's team claimed the program's 17th straight NEWMAC title, while the women's program won its ninth straight and 10th overall to continue the most successful run in the history of the conference for both programs.
|Don Morrison `61 Talks About the Recent Dedication of the Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track|