On a sunny April afternoon, Immaculata broke ground for its brand-new, eight-lane athletic track that will surround the Draper Walsh Stadium on campus. The track is expected to be completed by the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
IU’s NCAA Division III track and field and cross country teams will soon be able to use this state-of-the-art facility on campus. The track will also support Immaculata’s exercise science programs by providing a venue for cardio endurance testing and clinical rotations.
“The track will be not only a huge recruiting tool for the Immaculata track and field programs, but also will benefit the campus community as whole,” said junior mid-distance runner Jessica McHugh at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The track and adjacent areas will be equipped with additional infrastructure, including a water hazard, sand pits, takeoffs, curbs and drainage. Fencing will be extended, and a sidewalk along the perimeter of the site will be constructed.
Immaculata University received a grant to construct the track from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additional funding was provided by Cindy Egnotovich, an alumna and member of the IU board of trustees. Chester Valley Engineers will handle the land planning and construction management.
Father Kevin McCabe, Immaculata’s campus chaplain, provided the blessing as Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman; IU Athletic Director Janelle Cronmiller; Sister Mary Ellen Tennity, IHM, general superior of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; IU President Barbara Lettiere ’72; and IU Vice President and Dean of Students Patty Canterino ’92, ’12 M.A. officially broke ground for the track.