INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- Students at Incline High School will finally have the opportunity to practice and host track meets at their own track this upcoming school year.
Thanks to Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) and the Washoe County School District, Incline School will receive its first all- weather track.
"The students don't really believe it's going to happen, none of us really believed it to be happening," Courtney Taves, head track coach said.
Since the school's opening 65 years ago, Incline High School students could only practice on the dirt track.
"Twice a week, we've had to travel to Reno. we've gone to Galena High School to practice, as a result, kids get back later, they have less time to study," she said.
In summary, that's about two hours every week and 100 hours in the spring that they have to spend on a school bus. Because of extreme weather conditions, this dirt track can turn into a mud bath.
"The track right now is non-functional," Taves said. "It doesn't have the right markings, it doesn't have lanes, it doesn't have the right distance, it's dirt and it's grass."
The new track has been in the works since 2006, and after many public concerns over student injuries, it's finally becoming a reality.
"We're doing this for the kids to give them a great place to practice and play and opportunities for the rest of the community to use this field as well," Mark Zimmerman, assistant school principal said.
Building a brand new football field with artificial turf is the second phase of the $2 million dollar project.
"It does take a community to build something like this for our children and for the adults that use this," William Horn, IVGID general manager said.
Coach Taves says students use the dirt track only five percent of the time, but come next year, they'll be able to perform on a fully functioning track, and finally experience a home-court advantage.
The track will be completed by August and the new football field will be finished in May 2014.
Horn says the project is completely funded by WCSD, grants and private donations.