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Cross Country/Track and Field: New Locker Rooms

Nov 11, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

Open area used for indoor ab workouts on cold day and as an impromptu dance floor.

For the cross country and upcoming indoor track and field seasons this year, the teams were upgraded to a new home, just across the hall in the bowels of the JACC. During the summer, the rusted-out lockers were torn down and redone just in time for the fall season to commence. Now, with custom lockers and better shower curtains, the women and men runners can warm up, cool down, and prepare for their races at Loftus across the street. The old locker rooms that the teams were using are now being transformed into similar-looking locker rooms for visiting teams for home invitationals, said Operations Specialist Molly Jergenson.

Having this new space for the men’s and women’s teams to meet before and after practice has helped girls and guys from different events bond. With each event having different or staggered practices sometimes it is difficult for throwers to bond with long distance runners, or sprinters with jumpers. No persons’ locker is next to another person in their event, which allows for better team bonding that the runners, jumpers, and throwers may not necessarily get. See the pictures below for a sneak peek into the women’s locker room:

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A typical row of lockers where the girls dress in and out for practice and for their meets.

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The “Run, Jump, Throw Like a Champion Today” sign that inspires and motivates the team.

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