Field of Dreams

New field and track facility adds to overall college experience, brings community together

Field and track complex

When you attend an evening athletic contest at Randolph College, it is hard not to admire the brilliant green Field Turf™, lines crisp under bright lights, framed by the brick red track. The WildCats, whether actively engaged in the pitched contest on the field or voicing support from the stands, give the event an almost mystical feel, as though one were witnessing history being made. The air is cool, the sightlines are perfect, and the spirit of NCAA Division III athletics is palpable.

The field and track facility provides more than what some have called one of the best facilities of its kind in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). “The facility supports the first-rate education students receive here, whether they are athletes or fans,” said Tina Hill, Randolph College’s athletic director. “It is one more component of the College about which we feel proud, and it sets a tone for excellence campus-wide.”

Randolph's new lacrosse teams can play under the lights.

Randolph's new lacrosse teams can play under the lights.

The facility, which was constructed with multi-purpose use in mind, benefits all WildCats, as Hill refers to the campus community.

“Certainly, our highly-skilled athletes who compete in soccer and lacrosse benefit from a state-of-the-art field,” she said, “but far more students, faculty, and staff use the field and track for flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, walking, running, and more.”

Hill notes that athletics and sports have a unique way of bonding a community and instilling pride that is hard to find in other pursuits.

“Teamwork and competition bond us in the classroom, on the playing field, and in life. The lessons we learn as teammates serve us well as colleagues.”

Track

Students, faculty and staff regularly run, jog and walk on the new track.

As time passes, the facility will become part of the Lynchburg community in the same way the College has shared its other resources with neighbors. Hill envisions community members attending WildCat contests to enjoy Randolph College’s best and brightest engaged in intercollegiate athletics.

“Our scholar-athletes compete for the pure love of the sport,” Hill says. “When our younger neighbors come to watch the ’Cats compete, we hope they will be inspired to blend academics and athletics in their own lives and, like our students, excel in both venues.”

The field and track complex will provide more opportunities for these community youth to learn about their sport, sportsmanship, and the importance of academics when they participate in summer camps, tournaments, and larger community events, such as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Special Olympics, and high school conference championships. WildCat scholar-athletes will have additional ways to lead by example and guide the next generation of young competitors to Randolph College.

Viewed this way, under the lights and in perfect and cool air, the field and track facility becomes a focal point for Randolph College’s commitment to academic excellence, strong athletics, and a life more abundant.

Women's soccer team in huddle

"Teamwork and competition bond us in the classroom, on the playing field, and in life. The lessons we learn as teammates serve us well as colleagues."
- Tina Hill, Athletic Director

Close up of high tech Field Turf.

Close up of high-tech Field Turf.

Men's soccer team celebrates a score

Men's soccer team celebrates a score

Scoreboard

Scoreboard is ready for action.

All ODAC goalkeeper Victoria Johnson clears the goal.

All-ODAC goalkeeper Victoria Johnson clears the goal.

Spectator seating at Randolph College field.

Not a bad seat in the house.