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RHS track work may be done by spring break

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POSTED February 13, 2013 1:22 a.m.

If all goes accordingly, Ripon High students could soon have access again to Stouffer Field for track and field practices.

That’s the hope of Ripon Community Athletic Foundation members who provided a construction update to the Ripon Unified school board on Monday.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Vince Hobbs.

He listed the installation of fences, sidewalks, storage, electrical, and American Disability Act requirement necessary for the modernization project. “Our goal is to complete the ADA issues in time for the spring break,” Hobbs said.

RCAF started putting in the all-weather Ds – inside corner portions of the track oval – for field events. This special rubber padding will make possible the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault.

The non-profit organization recently received $250,000 from Fund 35 or money from which RUSD set up years ago for the receipt and allocation of California State Building Projects under matching funds for school modernization and new construction or Measure J reimbursement.

Of that amount, $87,000 was used on the Ds.

Stephanie Hobbs, Vince’s wife and president of RCAF, added the group’s major fundraiser will take place on May 11. She noted that $12,000 worth of sponsors have pledged thus far to help out with Rina’s Run.

This year, Rina’s run will feature a half-marathon to go along with a 5-kilometer run. The longer distance will go into Caswell State Park, with the course ending, appropriately, in Stouffer Field, where a health fair and vendor fair will be held.

RCAF, in addition, is working to get new hurdles, applying recently for a special grant, in part, to help replace the ones dating back to 1972, according to Vince Hobbs.

“The old (hurdles) are made of steel but are still good,” he said. “We also had to bring hurdles in from the outside.”

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