Nov. 6, 2008
Florida State‘s track and field team has hit another milestone and it is not another national championship, yet. On October 25, Florida State hosted the track and field building dedication to show its appreciation to those who contributed to the new facility.
The McIntosh Track and Field building consists of 120 student-athlete lockers as well as a coaches’ locker room, medical preparation area, student-athlete lounge, six coaches’ offices, graduate assistant work area, reconstructed press area and a two-way vaulted entryway displaying the rich tradition and history of the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs.
“It was a perfect day for a dedication,” said Associate Athletics Director Bernie Waxman. “The weather was great. There was excitement in the air for the upcoming football game. We had helicopters fly over to show our appreciation for the Macintosh family. Everyone who was a major player in getting the facility was there. There were also about three generations of users of the facility there to appreciate the construction of the building.”
Waxman had a special perspective on the dedication as he was a three-year letterwinner in track and field at Florida State and captained the 1972 squad.
Visitors of the area will have the privilege to walk through the Legends Plaza as they come into the track facility which showcases the best and brightest of the Seminole Track family. Legends Plaza will be named and have a dedication in the near future.
“It was a terrific celebration to have the people who had contributed to the success of the program and building,” said Assistant Director of Event Management Stuart Pearce. “It really gave us a sense of satisfaction about everything we had correctly accomplished.”
In attendance at the special ceremony were Mike McIntosh and family, Judy and Al Dunlap, Charles Haworth, former coaches Terry Long and Dick Roberts, Olympian Walter Dix and National Champion Garrett Johnson. Also making a special appearance was the 1969 women’s track and field team. Guest speakers were Randy Spetman, Director of Athletics, president T.K. Wetherell, Andy Miller and Charles Barnes, from Seminole Boosters, head coach Bob Braman as well as the 2009 captains, Javier Garcia-Tunon and Keyla Smith.
“The Macintosh Track & Field Building is one of the finest track-only buildings in the country,” said Braman. “We have all the necessary amenities to compete for national championships, as well as provide the best possible student services for our athletes.”