HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP —
Four weeks of collegiate track at Spire Institute came to an end late Saturday afternoon, but high school track fans can continue to enjoy their sport Friday evening from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a regional competition.
Stanley Kasserman, a track official from Painesville, has worked area meets for decades and is happy Spire Institute is hosting so many meets.
“This is a fantastic facility (and) I don’t have to travel as far (to officiate indoor meets),” he said.
Kasserman, who was working the pole-vault competition Saturday, said the Spire facility is so spacious it leaves plenty of room for the competitors and officials.
“They (the vaulters) have room to run up and down and we’re (the officials) not in anybody’s way,” he said.
The facility has also made a difference for local high school teams, according to Edgewood girls coach Beth Simpson. She was a volunteer for the meet and helped run the shot put event.
“I just volunteer,” she said. “It’s a good view of the competition.”
She said the facility has helped the indoor program because facility use is a challenge at the school.
“We are in the halls and kids get shin splints,” Simpson said.
She said going out to Spire Institute once or twice a week helps get her athletes ready for the season.
“They feel so much more prepared for the season,” Simpson said.