The Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets are used to success on the track and on the field, and now they're hoping for continued success on one of the nicest high school track and field facilities in Central New York.
The track portion was officially opened on Wednesday night at the high school, and celebrated with an evening track and field competition.
"It enhances our program, says Athletic Director Rich Ray, "not only athletics but physical education because now we have a facility and a surface that is all weather and we can be out here longer."
Community members raised the money for the facilities after two referendums were defeated to build a turf field and track. The football field officially opened in the fall, but the school wanted a special spring ceremony for the new look track.
The state of the art surface is something both the F-M student athletes and visiting athletes were very impressed by.
"I just overheard a boy from Oswego who was warming up on the track," laughed Ray, "he said coach this feels like it's massaging my feet."
"The field is really good for all of our other sports," says Molly Quinlan, an eighth grade member of the F-M track and field team, "the track is really awesome, it's really fun to run on. It makes me feel fast."
While the F-M student athletes are experiencing the best of the best, the entire community is looking forward to making the most out of the brand new facilities too .
"We've had the community both on the track and turf," explains Ray, "Pop Warner Football games have been here, we'll have lacrosse later on this summer, camps, and the track is constantly used by our community members."