The 2015-2016 school year saw a number of exciting changes taking place throughout Viking Athletics. The Viking Athletic Department hopes you will consider helping to continue pushing our progress forward by becoming a sponsor or by joining our Viking Athletic Foundation. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the recent improvements and those currently taking place in our Athletic Dept. in a series of articles designed to highlight the great successes happening in Viking Athletics.
Over the years, Lanier Athletics has lost two of three practice football and soccer fields to an expanding Agriculture Dept. and student body which required portable buildings. Unfortunately, at the same time our athletic participation was also increasing and in recent years has doubled yet again. The limited space has created huge challenges to provide all programs safe, adequate and equal practice time. During the recent bond track resurfacing it was noted that a retaining wall could solve two major campus problems. The first being a massive erosion issue that causes premature deterioration of the the Lanier track, the second being the aforementioned lack of space for athletes. Building the 465 foot long, 6 foot high, retaining wall would both stop the erosion and would simultaneously create a level surface for practice. While we still need to improve this surface the removal of three storage sheds and some track equipment provides our student athletes and programs a blank canvas from which to grow. Next step, automatic irrigation.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in our series highlighting the ongoing improvement and renovation of Lanier HS Viking Athletics!