BYU’s Clarence F. Robison Track
- Opened: 1982
- Twenty-foot wide scoreboard for start lists and results
- Finish Lynx timing feeds the scoreboard directly
- Five Ether Lynx 2000 cameras at both east and west finish lines
- Mondo Super X surface, considered the fastest surface
in the world
- Nine lane track s et on a radius of 102 feet for wide,
- All field events take place within the oval for optimum viewing
- Electronic field event display boards for each field event venue
The nationally acclaimed Clarence F. Robison track is the home of the BYU men’s and women’s track teams. Coaches and athletes rate BYU’s outdoor track as one of the finest in the nation. Its compact design allows spectators to view both running and field competitions at the same venue. With the majestic backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, the Clarence F. Robison Track is a picturesque setting for all events.
In 2002, the track was completely renovated with a state-of-the-art Mondo Super X surface. The track, with a revamped drainage system, provides one of the best workout and competition facilities in the west.
On April 24,2004, during the Robison Invitational, Mark Robison, current men’s head track coach and son of former coach Clarence Robison, unveiled the track stadium’s new name in front of family, friends and former student-athletes.
Prior to 1982, all track events, including the 1967 and 1975 NCAA Championships, were held at Cougar Stadium. When the football stadium was expanded in 1982, the current track stadium was constructed just south of the football stadium.
BYU hosted the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the track stadium in 1982 and 1989 along with numerous conference championship events. In 2006, the Clarence F. Robison Track hosted the MWC Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Regionals as well as several other regular season meets.
The 2010 season will bring two meets to the Clarence F. Robison Track, including the BYU Cougar Invitational and BYU Robison Invitational.
Coach Clarence Robison established the foundation of the BYU track and field program. “Robbie” led BYU track and field from a small regional program to one of national prominence. He was a respected coach in the track and field world and revered in the community.
Coach Clarence Robison passed away two years ago. “The loss of Clarence Robison is felt not just throughout the BYU community but also the national and international track and field worlds,” said BYU Athletics Director Tom Holmoe. “We have lost on of the greats, but his presence will continue to be felt by all who knew him and all who have been and will be affected by his legacy.”’
George Albert Smith Fieldhouse
The George Albert Smith Fieldhouse includes a four-lane, 322-meter indoor track. The five lap mile track was resurfaced for the 2007 season with a Mondo Super X surface. The Fieldhouse Annex includes competition venues for long and triple jump, pole vault, high jump, shot put and weight throw. Practice venues for javelin and discus are also available.
The indoor track is used for daily practice during the winter months and hosts the annual BYU Indoor Invitational. The 2010 Invitational will take place January 8-9. The track is open to the public during non-workout hours.
BYU also boasts many other high-quality athletic facilities that provide student-athletes opportunities to develop and showcase their talents. BYU’s athletic success has fostered a loyal fan support for all 21 of its athletic teams that have combined for eight national championships and more than 300 conference titles.
Student Athlete Building
Student Athlete Building state-of-the-art features include: Student Athlete Academic Center, Nutrition Center, Athletics Legacy Hall (Hall of Fame), Athletic Administration Offices, Jamba Juice Café and Legends Grill.
Student Athlete Academic Center
Tutors and mentors work through these offices. Athletes have access to 42 computer stations, an interactive classroom, 10 small study areas and one large quiet room. Also on staff are a sports psychologist and nutritionist.
Fans, coaches and athletes can view 11 plasma TV screens, a ticker tape with world wide sports scores or view specialty events on a projection screen while catching a bite to eat.