By Tris Wykes
Octopus Athletics

LEBANON – The Lebanon High track program hasn’t hosted a home meet since 2016 because of a dilapidated running surface last resurfaced in 2012. It doesn’t seem like the Raiders will compete at home in 2021, either.

In response to an email inquiry about the track’s condition and a timeframe for its potential repair, SAU 88 Superintendent Joanne Roberts replied:

“Our focus since March has been on supporting students and families during this Covid-19 pandemic. The board usually reviews projects in November of each school year.”

There was a time when Lebanon hosted NHIAA championship meets and conference qualifiers but the surface is now awkwardly patched and cracked in numerous locations. In several spots, the track surface can be lifted up off the asphalt below it.

A 2018 Valley News article speculated the track might be replaced the next year and quoted Raiders athletic director Mike Stone as saying the project was a “huge priority”. The same article noted that some Lebanon athletes might not enjoy a home meet in their high school careers, a prophecy that’s come true.

2018 Valley News article

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