Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex and Memorial 8 Track to be Dedicated on Friday

Sept. 20, 2006


The University of Wyoming Athletic Department will officially dedicate the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex and Memorial 8 Track in a ceremony that will take place on Friday, September 22, at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Among those in attendence will be UW President Tom Buchanan, Deputy Athletics Director Barbara Burke, Head Track and Field Coach Don Yentes, Ms. Cassandra Herbert and families from the eight cross country runners who passed away tragically in 2001.

"This is a big moment for our program; it's probably the biggest thing that's ever happened for our program," said coach Yentes.

Improvements to the facility were completed this summer and include a new outdoor all-weather track, a new scoreboard that stands at the south end of the soccer field, a picnic area located inside the main gate to the complex and signs comemorating Louis S. Madrid, the Memorial 8 Cross Country runners and Cowgirl Soccer. Also included in the improvements were new jumping pits, throwing rings and storage units for track and soccer equipment. The improvements were made possible by a generous donation of $500,000 dollars from the Louis S. Madrid estate. The State of Wyoming then matched the donation, bringing the total to roughly $1 million dollars.

Deputy Director of Athletics, Barbara Burke, will be speaking at the event, along with UW President Tom Buchanan, Coach Don Yentes and Ms. Herbert, who will be speaking on behalf of the Madrid family.

"We are thrilled and honored to see the completion of the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex," said Burke. "We are extremely grateful for the contribution from the Madrid family who made this day possible."