The new eight-lane, 400-meter track is one of the first in the world to feature Mondo's Super X 720 surface. Along with the competition track, the two-lane 400-meter warmup up track and all runways were also resurfaced. Both venues were produced with a gold surface with green in the relay exchange zones and on the interior.
"Having a new track surface will help continue to make Sacramento State and Hornet Stadium a prime destination in the track and field world," former Sacramento State Director of Athletics Dr. Terry Wanless said. "This project benefits not only our University but the Sacramento region and would not have been possible without our partnership with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Sacramento Sports Commission."
The track was first showcased when Sacramento State hosted the 2014 U.S. Track & Field Championships in June of 2014. The new surface also helped Hornet Stadium be selected as the site of the 2018 NCAA Div. I Outdoor West Preliminary.
"Being among the first to install Super X 720 sets Sacramento State apart from other venues in the United States," Sacramento State Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Kathleen Raske said. "This undoubtedly will enable us to host more national-class track competitions as well as recruit more top-notch track and field athletes."
The Super X 720 track surface features reformulated rubber, and combines the wear layer of Super X Performance track and the backing of Mondotrack vulcanized together to form one continuous, seamless piece of material that delivers exceptional traction, durability, drainage and safety. The reformulation of the rubber increases shock absorbency and energy return, which further helps the performance layer increase athletes' comfort during training and enables them to achieve faster times than when running on other surfaces.
The surface was installed by Staples Construction Co., Inc. of Ventura, Calif., while Robert Cohen Co. of Albuquerque served as the subcontractor.
The previous surface at Sacramento State was installed in 1999. That surface hosted the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials as well as the 2001 Junior Olympics and the NCAA Div. I Outdoor National Championships in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
The track has been used by some of the best athletes in the world. Since it was installed in 1999, one world, six American, 22 Olympic Trials, eight U.S. Championship, 13 NCAA, three American junior and two national high school records have been set at the facility.
The field event areas include two dual directional long/triple jump runways positioned on the inside of the East side of the track. There are also two dual directional pole vault runways located inside the North end of the track. The high jump has two approach areas on each end.
In addition to the high-quality stadium track, there is a
400-meter oval practice track located just to the North of the
stadium. The additional track is used for warm-ups at large meets
and as an extra practice site. The second track is also surfaced
with Mondo Sportsflex Super X 720 and has a six-lane straightaway
with a two-lane 400 meter oval built to the same specifications of
the stadium track. All jumping and throwing events have runways,
pits, and rings within the practice facility.