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WEEMS BASKIN TRACK

The outdoor track, named in honor of legendary Gamecock coach Weems Baskin, features a 400-meter, eight-lane track with multi-directional sprint straightaways. The Erotan "S" Synthetic track surface is made by Southwest Recreational Industries, Inc.

Inside the track are two multi-directional long and triple jump runways that include four pits. There also is a multi-directional vault area, and the high jump apron was expanded during the 1997 surfacing project.

The world-class Lynx timing system, used indoors and outdoors, allows for rapid and accurate computerized fully automatic times.

The outdoor track also features world-class throwing facilities. The hammer and discus circles are surrounded by a 20-foot high cage that meets NCAA and international standards. There also are two shot put rings, a javelin runway and an additional ring with a cage.

The outdoor track has seating to accommodate 2,200 spectators. This season, the Gamecocks will host one indoor meet and two outdoor meets. The outdoor track also plays host to a number of youth and high school competitions, including the state high school championships and the Coaches Classic High School meet.

The indoor track features a 250m, three-lane track and separate vault facility. The infield is carpeted with artificial turf. The throws area features separate shot put and weight-throw circles. The landing area is artificial turf, and there is ample space in the facility for practicing either indoor or outdoor events.

The Gamecocks' cross country courses are Owens Field and Hilton Field at Fort Jackson, the site of the 1997 and 2005 SEC Cross Country Championships, the 1999 South Carolina Collegiate Championship and the annual Gamecock Invitational. The all-grass course has rolling hilly terrain and a grandstand that seats 3,000 fans.

COACH WEEMS BASKIN

The outdoor track is dedicated in honor of former coach Weems O. Baskin, Jr. After his death in 1993, the All-Comers Meet was renamed in his honor, the Weems Baskin Memorial Meet.

During his brilliant coaching career at South Carolina from 1949 to 1969, Baskin won 90 dual meets and lost 47. He later held the position of adminstrative assistant to the athletic director before retiring in 1972.

The only breaks in his coaching career that began in 1930 were during World War II when Baskin served as a Naval officer, in 1946 and 1947 as a businessman in Athens, Ga., and 1951 when South Carolina did not field a team due to the Korean War.

Originally from Carrollton, Ga., Baskin was a four-sport athlete at Carrollton High School. He enrolled at Auburn in 1923 and by his senior year was playing tight end on the football team and winning the national championship in the 110-meter high hurdles. Baskin also ran the low hurdles and competed in the shot put, discus, javelin and high jump. He won the Southern Conference title three straight years in the high hurdles and was a national AAU indoor champion in 1928.

After receiving a degree in education, Baskin ran for the New York Athletic Club for two winters and wrote for various publications. He began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Auburn in 1930 and assisted with the track team. He went to Georgia in 1931 to become the head track coach while serving as an assistant to football. Baskin served in the same capacity at Mississippi from 1938 to 1943 before joining the Naval Reserve during WWII.

Baskin, a former president of the National Track and Field Coaches Association and chairman of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee, is a member of the Helms Foundation Track and Field Hall of Fame. He also was elected to the South Carolina and Georgia Track and Field Halls of Fame.