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The Johnson-Miller Track Complex

All the info on the latest addition to Hokie facilities.


Jan. 22, 1999

The Hokies' indoor and outdoor track facilities are among the nation's best.

The latest addition is the Johnson-Miller Outdoor Track Complex. The outdoor oval track, which is one of 20 of its kind in America, has eight 42-inch lanes and is identical to the track at the Atlanta Stadium on which Olympic Games athletes participated in 1996. Tech's school colors, burnt orange and Chicago maroon, are featured on alternating lanes.

The complex includes a pole vault pit, long and triple jump areas, steeplechase lanes and areas for shot put, discus, hammer throw, javelin and high jump events. For sprints, 10 lanes have been placed in one stretch at the south side of the track.

A nine-foot berm at the south end of the track ultimately will be terraced to provide six rows of seating.

The outdoor track, coupled with a similar indoor track, gives Tech what many believe is the finest track complex in America. The indoor track, one of five of its kind in the U.S., was installed in the Rector Field House and used for the first time during the 1996-97 season.

The Johnson-Miller Outdoor Track Complex was dedicated in honor of Stuart Johnson and Jack William Miller, Jr., two former Hokie track stars from Richmond, Va., whose loyalty and support made possible the construction of the new track.

Johnson, Tech's Mr. Track in 1952, was the first man elected to the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame solely on his records in track and field. Miller was co-captain of the 1953 track team. Johnson ran the 440, 220 and mile relay. Miller competed in a number of events, but his specialty was the mile run.

"Thanks to these gentlemen we've got the biggest commitment to track and field in the country," said head men's track coach Russ Whitenack.

"In the past we've had great teams, but when I look to our future I see even better things," said Whitenack.







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