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Ribbon cutting for new track and field facility at Appalachian State
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new track and field facility at Appalachian State.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Opens New Randy Marion Track and Field Facility

In an afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Randy Marion Track & Field Facility, past and present Mountaineers gathered in the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex with Chancellor Everts, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin, University dignitaries, the Marion family, former head coach John Weaver, Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Damion McLean and other current App State coaches. Seniors Jada Branch and Oliver Wilson-Cook had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

On the first day of competition at the App State Open, sophomore Daiyanna Cooper posted a personal best and facility record of 56.86m (186′ 7″) in the women’s hammer throw. Cooper remains second in the App State all-time list. Fellow sophomore Graysen Arnold posted a personal best of 45.78m (150′ 2″) to place second, while sophomores Jaeda Harris and Cierra Woods took fourth (39.18m (128′ 7″)) and fifth (38.76m (127′ 2″)), respectively. Junior Chris Wainscott set the facility record with a first-place finish in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 56.36m (184′ 11″).