St. Augustine’s College recently turned an important page in their storied history of track and field when they opened the new George Williams Athletics Complex to student-athletes in May. The new athletic facility includes a new BSS 2000 track and field surface by Beynon Sports Surfaces and a brand new FieldTurf synthetic turf field.
The complex was named in honor of Mr. George Williams, a distinguished alumnus and the current Athletic Director of St. Augustine’s College. Coach Williams’ track and field programs have earned 31 NCAA Division II Track Championships, produced nine (9) Olympians and he was personally selected to be the Head Coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team which won a gold medal in Athens.
While construction was being completed on the George Williams Athletic Complex, the Falcons were without a home track and field facility to train on for nearly three (3) years. The new facility - which is scheduled for official completion in late September - was finally opened up to student athletes in early May, just in time for the Falcons to finally plant their spikes on the world-class BSS 2000 track before the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Championships.
“It took us back to the older days when we had a track; this is a little different than what we had. This is the Rolls-Royce of it all. This is probably one of the best tracks in the whole east coast” remarked Coach Williams
The BSS 2000 by Beynon Sports Surfaces is an industry leading full pour polyurethane surface designed to give athletes the ultimate edge for competition and training. The BSS 2000 track surface is grounded by a bio-engineered force reduction layer of butyl rubber and full depth color polyurethane.
The new St. Augustine’s facility, which features nine (9), 48-inch lanes, will not only provide the Falcons with a great home venue to train and compete on, but it will also allow the college to attract outside competitions.
With the legendary Coach Williams continuing to mold future generations of track and field stars and the fastest track surface in the industry beneath their feet, the future looks bright for the St. Augustine’s Falcons.