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The press box and bleachers lining the track have already been installed at the complex.

As sports teams begin dusting off their cleats for another spring season, the wrath felt by Mother Nature in the winter months is preventing almost all outdoor teams of any opportunity to practice on their familiar confines.

Included in the mix is Keystone College’s track and field teams, which are looking forward to using the new $3.1 million synthetic all-weather athletic field and track.

Construction to complete the installation of the track portion of the complex is currently on hold, at least until the weather finally begins to improve.

“It’s going pretty well, and now we’re just waiting for five or so days when the weather is above freezing,” chuckled Keystone Sports Information Director Peter Schmidt. “Everything else is all down and ready to go, the only thing that isn’t done is the track portion itself.”

The turf for the field portion of the complex was installed in November of last year after the light poles were installed in October. Once the track is installed, the complex will be fair game for all spring sports teams and intramural teams.

“The track and field team can practice as soon as the track is down and ready to go,” Schmidt said. “Once the weather clears, the baseball and softball teams can use the turf and fall sports teams can start getting ready for their seasons.”

The men’s and women’s track and field teams most recently competed in the Moon Light at the Mac, hosted by Monmouth University on Feb. 26.

Lackawanna Trail graduate and junior Justin Clarke won the 3,000 meter run, clocking a school record time of 8:54.46, which was more than 43 seconds faster than his closest competitor.

On the girls’ side, Elk Lake graduate and Keystone freshman Kirsten Hollister finished fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.46 seconds and also placed seventh in the 400 meter dash after crossing the stripe in 1:04.67.

While the men’s and women’s teams won’t be hosting any invitationals this season, the opportunity to prepare for meets on state-of-the-art track won’t hurt.