Voorhees unveils brand new resurfaced track and field complex

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Voorhees unveils brand new resurfaced track and field complex

August 21, 2019

Voorhees College hit the ground running with the unveiling of the new surface at the track and field complex.

Director of Athletics Charlene Johnson said the new track highlights President W. Franklin Evans’ vision and adds an extra element for health and wellness for students, faculty, and staff.

“The track not only provides an opportunity to the track and field/cross country teams, but for Voorhees athletics overall.”

Student Government Association President Jaalen Williams-Butler said the occasion marks the opportunity for the track and field/cross country student athletes to exhibit their physical prowess.

“Our new state of the art facility is something we as students have been waiting for.  Now the time has come and Voorhees can shine even more.”

Evans said as president it is important leave behind a legacy.  The newly resurfaced Track and Field Complex is another achievement under his belt.

“I consider our founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright a cross country specialist.  She walked miles across the state to receive donations of a dime to support her efforts in establishing what is now Voorhees College. Now we have a multi-resource foundation for our student athletes to be the best they can be.”

Track and Field student athlete Dontavious Patrick finished No. 8 in the country in the triple jump in the 2017 Indoor National Championship. Patrick said he and the team is blessed to have a new surface to practice on.

 “The new track only inspires my teammates and I to give 110% to our goals. The effort really speaks volumes about the institution and its supporters.”

Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Jeffrey Hughes said he appreciates the hard work, dedication, and contributions supporters have made to make the new track possible.

“Thank you for investing in the team. The installation of the track ensures we have the equipment needed to reach greater heights. Whenever we are practicing and competing, we proudly wear Voorhees across our chests. Now, we have even more reason to be proud.”

Following the ceremony and the blessing of the complex by Chaplain and Vicar Father James T. Yarsiah, the Track and Field team took an inaugural jog and then joined Dr. Evans, the faculty, staff, and community members in attendance for a reception.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu. 

Shakaria Bethea, student athlete, Charlene Johnson, President Evans, Jeffrey Hughes,
Jaalen Williams-Butler, Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, vice president for academic affairs/provost,
and student athletes Dontavious Patrick and James Watson
Voorhees Track and Field and Cross Country Teams with Coach Hughes
Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Jeffrey Hughes