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Elmer Gray Stadium




Abilene Christian University's Elmer Gray Stadium has been a large part of United States track and field history.

It's where world-record-holders Bobby Morrow, Earl Young, James Segrest, Bill Woodhouse and Billy Olson once roamed.

It's where coaches Oliver Jackson, Bill McClure, Don Hood and Wes Kittley performed their magic day in and out.

And it's where celebrated U.S. athletes such as Wilma Rudolph, Doris Heritage, Michael Johnson and Antonio Pettigrew completed.

Renovations in 2003 have upgraded the stadium to the continued excellence expected at ACU, the nine-lane Rekotran track stadium is named for the late Elmer J. Gray, a graduate of Roscoe (Texas) High School and Abilene Christian. The former Beaumont businessman was the first Wildcat student-athlete to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials (1932), and he was a two-time finalist in the half mile at the NCAA championships (1931-1032).

Gray stadium has hosted the 1960 Olympic Trials for women, NAIA men's national meets in 1978, 1979 and 1980; NCAA Division II outdoor national championship in 1993; USA Track and Field southwest region championship for youth in 1997 and is scheduled to host the NCAA Division II outdoor national championship in 2005.

Facts and Figures of Elmer Gray Stadium:

Viewing stands will hold more than 4,000 spectators. Warm-up and cool-down area for participating athletes is a convenient, large grass area south of the track complex.

Long/triple jump area

  • Length of runway is 200 feet (61 m).
  • Take-off boards are 13 feet (3.9 m), 33 feet (10 m) and 39 feet (12 m) from the pit.
  • Can either depending go wind. north
  • Positioned directly in front of stands for great viewing by fans.

High jump area

  • Entire jumping area features Rekotran surface.
  • Positioned on south infield of track beside the javelin runway.

Pole vault area

  • Length of runway is 135 feet (41 m).
  • Can go from north or south depending on prevailing wind.
  • Positioned directly in front of stands for fans.

Shot put area

  • Positioned on south infield of track beside javelin and high jump area, providing great viewing for spectators.

Discus area

  • Main cage on north end of infield to take advantage of prevailing south wind.
  • Second discus area on northeast side of track with hammer area for occasional north wind.

Hammer area

  • Throwing area on northeast end of track stadium.
  • Positioned within stadium and has excellent opportunities for great viewing by fans.

Javelin area

  • Length of runway is more than 114 feet (35 m).
  • Positioned on south infield of track.

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