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Cal Crush delivers donated base for new Ripon track

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Ripon’s Cal Crush makes the first pass over spreading 1,600 tons of road base for the Ripon High track Saturday as Rocklin R Grading & Excavating owner Myron Costa inspects the progress.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED June 11, 2014 1:53 a.m.

Temperatures sizzled to triple digits this week but that wasn’t enough to discourage a group of young volunteer workers of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation.

They did their part Monday by helping out by preparing the track at Stouffer Field for the all-weather surface.

RCAF President Stephanie Hobbs used social media to applaud the efforts of Hailey-Rae Rose, Marissa Regalo, Sam Vanderpool, Adam Hall, Walter Fassler, Nick Gagnon, and Michael Regalo. These Ripon Unified students spent the day helping out the regulars with the track, raking and shoveling rocks among other things.

“A super crew,” she said.

They worked under the supervision of Vince Hobbs, Stephanie’s husband – he’s also a firefighter – who made sure these young volunteers stayed constantly hydrated with water and Gatorade while wearing the proper sun block.

At the end of the work day, they cooled off in the Hobbs’ family pool and also enjoyed pizza.

The heavy equipment pulled into the stadium on May 30.

Over the weekend, Cal Crush delivered 1,600 tons of donated road-base material.

Prior to that, Rocklin R Grading and Excavation Inc. spent time on the track construction, excavating dirt and hauling off that load to a River Road location.

Going forward, the RCAF crew and volunteers will continue pressure washing inside Stouffer Field and flushing storm drains and forming concrete for the last fencing while preparing for asphalt, according to Stephanie Hobbs.

Asphalt from the Knife River Corporation will follow, arriving by June 23 to do work. “The asphalt (would) need to cure but there will be plenty of fill-in work to do,” she said.

If all goes accordingly, Hobbs estimates that California Track can come in by July 21 to install the all-weather surface.

“Our drop-dead date for completion is Aug. 27,” she said. “We can have a ribbon-cutting celebration for the first two phases the night before the first home football game (Aug. 28).”

For more information, call Hobbs at 209.599.6861, log on to or click on to Ripon Community Athletic Foundation on Facebook.

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