The R.V. Christian Track Complex was recently updated and is regarded as one of the best training facilities in the Midwest for both track and field.
The complex includes an 8-lane Rekortan surface and a 110-meter incline/decline sprint lane. The complex also features a men's and women's locker room, team room and offices in the northeast corner of the stadium.
Permanent seating for approximately 2,500 is located on the west side of the facility, which was originally constructed in 1973 prior to a $1.4 million renovation of the complex in 2004, and additional seating for nearly 500 has been installed this spring on the east side of the track.
A substantial contribution from the estate of Dr. R.V. Christian, a 1911 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, made the first facility possible.
R.V. Christian Track Complex was put to the test in 2005, as it was the site of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. It was the first Big 12 Conference meet held in Manhattan and first outdoor conference championship since the Big Eight Championships in 1985. Over the course of the three day meet, 14 facility records were broken.
The newest addition to the complex is the men's and women's locker room and team room in the northeast corner of the stadium.
With easy access to the track and other field venues, this sparkling new facility offers the K-State outdoor track and field teams a place to prepare for competition, hold team meetings, gather for team events, or just to relax before or after practice or events.
Outside the building is the K-State Track and Field Ring of Honor. The half-circle shaped monument at the entrance to the track and field locker room and team room features names and dates of past stars of the celebrated K-State track and field history.
||AHEARN FIELD HOUSE INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The Wildcats utilize historic Ahearn Field House during the indoor track season.
The track, named for legendary coach Ward Haylett, has hosted three conference championships including the 1997 Big 12 Indoor Championships.
In a typical year, K-State hosts five indoor events, including the Carol Robinson Pentathlon in December.
Ahearn Field House was the product of a 10-year drive by several people, most notably athletic director Mike Ahearn and head men's basketball coach Jack Gardner. The $2 million-dollar structure opened on Dec. 9, 1950, when the Wildcats defeated Utah State, 66-56.
Today, many of the K-State varsity athletic office are housed in the complex.
The venue is also one of America 's showplace indoor facilities.
It houses the natatorium, indoor track, four tennis courts, K-State volleyball, and the Ward Haylett Track in Ahearn makes it one of the top indoor facilities in the Midwest. It has also been a recent home of the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships, including the 2004 meet.
In the summer of 2008, Ahearn Field House completed over $800,000 in improvements to the building, including lighting, track resurfacing and sports medicine upgrades.