FAMU's Newly Renovated Robert 'Pete' Griffin Track Revealed

By: FAMU News Release; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: FAMU News Release; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 27, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The home of FAMU's award-winning track and field teams has been renovated into a state-of-the-art facility.

The nearly one-million dollar renovations were revealed during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

FAMU's Interim President, Dr. Larry Robinson and the Interim Athletic Director, Mike Smith, joined women's track team members for a run to test out the upgraded track.

Improvements include new and thicker rubber track surfaces, a new pole vault, a shot put landing area, and high jump pits.

The head coach of the women's track team, Darlene Moore, says, "We are so elated about the new renovations of the Pete Griffin Track. We have a wonderful team this year. I'm just so thrilled that I have a group of young ladies that will be able to run on such a nice surface before they graduate."

The renovations were completed in time for the return of the 63rd Annual FAMU Relays coming up this Saturday.


News Release: Florida A&M University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The home of Florida A&M University's (FAMU) award-winning track & field teams has been renovated into a state-of-the-art facility.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to reveal and celebrate the nearly $1 million in renovations made to the Robert “Pete” Griffin Track Complex. The track complex is located on Wahnish Way.

The 34-year-old track's enhanced areas and new features include:


  • New and thicker rubber track surfaces

  • New pole vault and high jump pits

  • New long and triple jump lanes

  • A new shot put landing area

  • A new discus cage

  • NCAA/state high school regulation striping and line markers
  • NCAA regulation slopes

  • Upgraded restrooms

  • Electrical panel upgrades

  • New sand pits

  • UV stabilization

  • New signage

  • New water fountains


These eco-friendly enhancements, which took a year to complete, were made to better serve the needs of FAMU athletes, aid in the recruitment of top student athletes and attract regional and national events. The updated track complex was also designed to provide a safe, modernized and fully-equipped facility for members of the community to enjoy.

The first official event scheduled to be held at the renovated track is the return of the 63rd Annual FAMU Relays on March 1.

For more information and for track hours of operation, visit: www.famuathletics.com.


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