A project years in the making, Mattituck High School is finally getting a modern running track. Largely due to the efforts of Mattituck-Cutchogue Junior/Senior High School student Kyle Freudenberg, a senior, the $925,000 track bond passed by a nearly 2:1 vote of 777 to 386 last month.
“Kyle has been an instrumental advocate for the athletes and for the construction of the facility,” says Greggory Wormuth, the Mattituck-Cutchogue Junior/Senior High School athletic director. She became a spokesperson for project, notes Wormuth, adding that Freudenberg took it upon herself rally the community in favor of the proposal.
Mattituck High School currently has a cinder track, composed of—you guessed it—cinders. With the emergence of synthetic tracks in the 1960s, cinder tracks have become antiquated and replaced. The 1964 Olympics were the last Games to use a cinder track.
The current Mattituck High School track has been cited as unsafe for home meets. It is one of a few—if not the only—cinder tracks on Long Island.
Construction on the new synthetic track is expected to start in June and it should be completed by the start of the 2014–2015 school year.