Tarleton Athletics will receive an Olympic-caliber running surface

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STEPHENVILLE — The Tarleton Athletics are set to receive permanent residency ahead of the 2022-23 athletics season. Austin-based Hellas Construction is creating a facility that will give the university a legitimate claim to have the best intercollegiate track surface in Texas.

Construction is underway at Harbin and Frey streets. The finished product will feature eight lanes and will be equipped with Hellas’ Z5000 epIQ Tracks, one of only four systems certified by World Athletics, the international governing body for athletics.

The facility will also receive WA certification, making the university eligible to set world records and host professional and international competitions sanctioned by World Athletics. Tarleton will join Texas A&M and UTSA as one of only three so-certified universities in Texas and one of 10 in the United States with WA Class I or Class II outdoor facilities.

The other programs are Arkansas, Auburn, Indiana, Kansas, northern Florida, Oregon, and southern Alabama.

A WA-certified surface must meet synthetic track surface test specifications for smoothness, thickness, force reduction, vertical deformation, friction, tensile properties and color. The epIQ Tracks Z5000 features a full 13 millimeter casting system using high quality polyurethane and rubber for ideal shock absorption, firmness (vertical deformation), friction and resistance.

The project’s multi-use WA-certified indoor court, which will serve as the new home for Tarleton Rec Sports. The pitch features LED stadium lighting and will use FusionH XP2 synthetic turf system with Ecotherm infill and SoteriaMAX shock pad.

Tarleton Athletics is Tarleton’s fourth athletics program to add Hellas Matrix turf, following baseball, softball and football. The new facility will be located behind Memorial Stadium on the north side of campus adjacent to the Tarleton Soccer Complex.

Construction began in March alongside the stadium expansion and will increase capacity and transform the stadium into a single-sport facility.

Tarleton athletics have firmly established themselves among the top flight of the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA South Central Region since rising to Division I the past two years.

During the 2022 season, Tarleton broke nine combined indoor and outdoor school records and produced 112 new marks in the all-time program record books.

About the epIQ Tracks Z5000 System

With epiQ Tracks, athletes can maximize surface characteristics, improve speed and control while enjoying high energy return on their strides, reduced roll time at impact , strong support, increased comfort and less injury during training and competition. Surfaces are guaranteed to provide years of all-weather performance, eliminating downtime for scheduled practices and events. With seven running tracks and four WA-certified sports tracks, epiQ Tracks can cater for everything from professional indoor surfaces and Olympic-caliber racing to recreational sports athletics.

About FusionH XP2 Synthetic Turf

FusionH XP2 incorporates helix-shaped monofilament fibers and two-tone split film fibers for durability, athletic performance and aesthetics, while Ecotherm provides temperature relief. The padding is made from recycled materials and uses cellulose fibers to absorb water, which significantly reduces the temperature through evaporative cooling. The SoteriaMAX molded expanded polypropylene shock pad, installed under the turf, retains water on the surface of the pad, increasing the cooling capacity of the Ecotherm infill.

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