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Ribbon Cutting Held At O’Leary’s New Track

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By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A project years in the making is finally complete at O’Leary Middle School.

The track facility features plenty of upgrades, including a resurfaced track.

School and community partners were racing to the track Monday to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"It's been students. It's been parents. It's been teachers. It's been the school district. It’s kind of been a community event, for me. This is absolutely goose bump amazing," says John Hyatt, O’Leary Middle School principal.

O'Leary students took a lap on the resurfaced track Monday.

Construction began last year and finished just a few weeks ago.

For years, the track was in dire straits and a safety concern to the athletes.

"I can remember when it was a mess. Of course, we used to come over and help with the 9th graders at the 9th grade meets. Now they're all at the high school. So spent a lot of time on this track up until the last couple of years," legendary coach Jerry Kleinkopf explains.

The project cost $100,000 and took nearly four years to complete. Community partners made it all possible, including Glanbia and the Optimist Club which raised nearly three-quarters of the amount.

"And that's the mission of the Twin Falls Optimist Club is to help kids and we try to touch as many kids as possible with the dollars we have possible," points out Danae Klimes, Twin Falls Optimist Club.

"We're about the pursuit of excellence in operation, and we're about the people in our community. This project is really a perfect fit. Also, I had the pleasure of coming down and looking at the track and before this was done, and it really needed a lot of work. So it was a project that really fit in with our ethos and something we are very happy to participate in," explains Daragh Maccabee, Glanbia CFO.

A community soaring above the hurdles into the future.

Track athletes will be able to put on their spikes Tuesday for a meet at four, the first on this new track.


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