Putnam County breaks in new track

Marcus Hounsom Relays

UNIONVILLE, Mo. - Today in Unionville, the Putnam County band played their alma-mater with pride, celebrating the ribbon cutting of their new all-weather track.

The track is part of a $400,000 overhaul that includes a new football field drainage system, locker room, concession stand, and a camera timing system.

After planning, dreaming and hard work, the renovations became reality thanks to grants and local donations.

â??Just helps out the school the athletic program, not just the track program, but every facet of it and the community is getting to be able to use it. Itâ??s been a great thing for Putnam County," said Track Coach, Jamie Tipton.

Grants from the Missouri D.N.R. and Missouri Foundation for Health combined for more than half the total contributions.

The fresh track will certainly bring personal records down, but Principal Watt hopes it also promotes health in the community.

â??Weâ??re very hopeful that not only will records be broken, but our kids are going to be healthier and stronger because of it and theyâ??re going to be able to get out and train a lot more than they were able to in the past,"

School President Jeremy Watt added.

The new track is allowing the Midgets to host their first conference meet in over 15 years. Putnam County hopes many more meets are in the near future.

â??We expect to have more meets here and hopefully that their positive energy feeds into our track program because the track program really fuels all of our programs," said Athletic Director Andrew Garber.

Putnam hosted their first meet on the track Friday for their annual Marcus Hounsom relays.