Series of meets at this super 200 meter banked Mondo facility culminates this winter on February 16th and 17th with the New Mexico High School Indoor Classic!
Nearly identical to the track used by the University of Arkansas at the
Randal Tyson Track Center, Albuquerque's new indoor facility received rave reviews from athletes, coaches and fans.
Like the Arkansas facility, which has been the site of every NCAA Indoor Championship meet since 2000, Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico officials believe the city now has an indoor track that will be a destination for some of the nation's premier events.
| || Fourteen top-25 men’s and women’s teams, 56 nationally ranked athletes and seven of the nation’s top 4x400m relay teams competed in Albuquerque during the regular season. Six of those individuals and two relay teams went on to win gold medals at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet. On the season, 14 NCAA automatic qualifying marks and 108 provisional qualifying marks were recorded in the Convention Center, including two of the top marks in Division I in 2006. Texas’ Trey Hardee led the way, setting a collegiate record of 6,208 points in the heptathlon during the Zia Classic Multis competition (Jan. 26-27). read more about the track...|
| AMERICA’S BEST NEW INDOOR TRACK & FIELD FACILITY|
The Albuquerque Convention Center earned a well-deserved reputation in 2006 as the best new indoor track and field facility in America. The City of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico hosted eight meets in downtown Albuquerque, including the Mountain West Conference Championships. j
200-meter Mondo oval with 60-degree banked turns and six 36-inch lanes. The straight is a panel system Mondo surface with eight 42-inch lanes, which is also the surface for the high jump. The pole vault, long jump and triple jump are on raised runways with Mondo surfacing. The throwing ring is a wood surface.
Good timing, a proactive city government and an irresistible sale all contributed to the return of indoor track and field to the Albuquerque after nearly a 20-year absence. During the spring of 2004 Albuquerque city leaders learned of a $1 million unused and undamaged indoor track sitting in storage in Canada that could be purchased for a mere $500,000. The state-of-the-art Mondo track had originally been ordered, then later declined, for use in the Los Angeles Staples Center arena.
The track finally found a home inside the Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque and made its debut on Jan. 15, 2005 for the inaugural Albuquerque All-Comers meet. Nearly identical to the track used by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center, Albuquerque’s new indoor facility received rave reviews from athletes, coaches and fans. Like the Arkansas facility, which has been the site of every NCAA Indoor Championship meet since 2000, the city of Albuquerque now has an indoor track that is a destination for some of the nation’s premier events.
In the 1960s and ‘70s Albuquerque was one of the nation’s elite indoor track and field locations, drawing top professional and collegiate talent to compete in front of the large crowds at the annual Jaycee meets. The 1966 AAU Indoor Nationals (now known as the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships) drew a two-day total of nearly 20,000 fans to Tingley Coliseum and was featured on the March 14 cover of Sports Illustrated. Albuquerque officials were able to lure the meet away from its regular home at Madison Square Garden in New York City that year. In the new Albuquerque Convention Center facility, city leaders and track and field enthusiasts have a reason to stand up and cheer once again.
NM High School Indoor Classic Index