Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center

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Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
"The Reggie"
Full name Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
Location Roxbury, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′55.27″N 71°5′34.17″W / 42.3320194°N 71.0928250°W / 42.3320194; -71.0928250Coordinates: 42°19′55.27″N 71°5′34.17″W / 42.3320194°N 71.0928250°W / 42.3320194; -71.0928250
Owner Roxbury Community College
Operator Roxbury Community College
Capacity 3,500 (5,000 expanded)
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Broke ground 1993
Opened 1995
Tenants
See below

The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (RLTAC) is an indoor track and indoor basketball stadium in Roxbury, Massachusetts, partially funded by the state of Massachusetts. It is home to numerous MIAA indoor track and field conferences, along with the MIAA State Championships and the New England High School Championships. Nike Indoor Nationals have been run there since 2008, and the Boston Indoor Games have been run there since their inception.

History[edit]

The Center was named after Reggie Lewis, a former college basketball player for Northeastern University and professional player for the Boston Celtics.[1] On April 29, 1993, he collapsed on the floor of the Boston Garden while playing a game against the Charlotte Hornets. On July 27, 1993, he suffered sudden cardiac death during an off-season practice at Brandeis University.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Shalane Flanagan and Sentayehu Ejigu at the 2009 Boston Indoor Games

Track and field[edit]

The Reggie Lewis Center has a 200-meter indoor Mondo Super X track, with areas for the high jump, long/triple jump, pole vault, and a 55/60 meter dash runway on the infield.[3] There is a shot put cage in the corner of the stadium,[4] however during professional meets (such as the Boston Indoor Games), the shot put is usually held on the infield where it is more visible to all spectators.[5] It seats 3,500 people.

The Reggie Lewis Center track and field facility is generally regarded as one of the premier facilities in the Northeastern United States, and is also one of the premier facilities in the United States as a whole. The venue has hosted the Boston Indoor Games meeting every year since 1996.[6] It played host to the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on multiple occasions.[7]

Basketball[edit]

The Reggie Lewis Center also features a basketball gymnasium that can seat up to 1,300 people. It also has provisions for volleyball and wrestling.[3]

Other[edit]

Also in the Center is a dance studio, a weight and fitness room, shower/locker facilities, seminar rooms, and more. The field house and gymnasium can also both be used for meetings and seminars on a larger scale.[8] The annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival has been held there for 15 of its 17 annual iterations, drawing tens of thousands of attendees.

Principal tenants[edit]

While there are many tenants of the Reggie Lewis Center, some include:[9]

  • The Roxbury Community College basketball team
  • Boston Indoor Games
  • Nike Indoor Nationals
  • ECAC Conference Championships in indoor track
  • Northeast 10 Conference Championships in indoor track
  • New England High School Championships in indoor track
  • MIAA State Championships in indoor track
  • Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (for their various indoor track meets)
  • Tri County Track and Field League
  • Bay State Conference (track and field)
  • Dual County League (track and field)
  • Old Colony League (track and field)
  • Atlantic Coast League (track and field)
  • Patriot League (track and field)

Facility records[edit]

The following are the top marks ever set at the Reggie Lewis track:[10] [11]

Men[edit]

Event Performance Athlete/Team Affiliaton/City Year
55 M 6.20 Nic Alexander Abilene Christian University 2000
60 M 6.45 Maurice Greene Nike 1999
55 M Hurdles 7.12 Deworski Odom St. Augustine's 2000
60 M Hurdles 7.47 David Oliver Nike 2008
200 M 20.72 Bryan Bronson PowerAde 1997
300 M 35.18 Scott Kimball Bridgewater-Raynham H.S. 1999
400 M 45.85 Dave Dopek PowerAde 1997
500 M 1:02.8 Ben Kuroz Penn State 1999
600 M 1:18.72 Cas Loxsom Wilbur Cross H.S. 2009
800 M 1:47.92 Rich Kenah Asics 1997
1000 M 2:19.92 David Krumenacker Adidas 1999
1500 M 3:39.16 Jason Pyrah Mizuno 1997
1 Mile Run 3:59.02 Ibranim Aden Somalia 1998
2 Mile Run 8:16.15 Paul Bitok Puma 2000
3000 M 7:52.61 Ian Gillespie British Athletics 1998
5000 M 13:11.50 Bernard Lagat Nike 2010
4×200 m Relay 1:27.34 John Muir H.S. Pasadena CA 1997
4×400 m Relay 3:11.39 St. Augustine St. Augustine's 2000
4×800 m Relay 7:13.94 (WR) Global Athletics & Marketing Global Athletics & Marketing 2014
Distance Medley 9:45.21 Georgetown Georgetown 1999
High Jump 2.29m/7'6.2" Brian Brown Nike International 1998
Long Jump 7.86m/25'9.5" Kareem Streete-Thompson Nike 1999
Triple Jump 16.93m/55'6.5" LaMark Cater Nike International 1998
Pole Vault 5.18m/17'5.5" Mark Vinci Rutgers University 1999
Shot Put 18.69m/61'4" Kevin Digiorio Rutgers University 1999
Weight 20.90m/68'7" Mark McGehearty Boston College 1997
Pentathlon 3,962 Marcell Almond St. Paul H.S. CA 1998

Women[edit]

Event Performance Athlete/Team Affiliaton/City Year
55 M 6.80 Julia O'Neil Gardner-Webb 2000
60 M 7.19 Sevatheda Fynes
Carlette Guidry
Adidas 1997
1999
55 M Hurdles 7.81 Shawntel Newhouse Abilene Christian University 2000
60 M Hurdles 7.93 Melissa Morrison Reebok 1998
200 M 23.07 Carlette Guidry Reebok 1998
300 M 39.71 Alison Cully Foxboro High School 1998
400 M 51.96 Suziann Reid Adidas 1998
500 M 1:09.23 Aliann Pompey Manhattan College 2000
600 M 1:32.23 Maura McCusker Stoneham High School 1998
800 M 1:56.92 (AR) Suzie Hamilton Nike 1999
1000 M 2:35.29 (AR) Regina Jacobs Cliff Bar 2000
1500 M 4:11.91 Harig Sidelil Mizuno 2000
1 Mile Run 4:34.26 Alisa Hill Foot Locker 1996
2 Mile Run 10:42.89 Sheela Agrawal Case High School 1997
3000 M 9:01.31 Kathy Franey Nike Boston 1996
5000 M 16:35.31 Maria Elena Virginia Commonwealth University 1999
4×200 m Relay 1:37.17 Wilson High School Long Beach, California 1997
4×400 m Relay 3:38.18 George Mason University George Mason 1999
4×800 m Relay 8:46.35 Georgetown Georgetown 2000
Distance Medley 11:13.6 Georgetown Georgetown 1999
High Jump 1.86m/6'0" Angela Bradburn Nike International 1998
Long Jump 20'11.75" Nolle Graham Seton Hall University 2000
Triple Jump 13.41m/44'0" Niambi Dennis Unattached 1997
Pole Vault 4.50m/14'9" Melissa Mueller Nike 1999
Shot Put 15.67m/51'05" Heather Leverington Emporia State 2000
Weight 18.74m/61'5.75" Michelle Clayton East Carolina University 1999

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