Regarded as one of the region's finest facilities since it opened in 1989, the venue has provided a backdrop for success for the Rams. As a result, the program has the ability to attract some of the region's finest athletes.
The list of performers who've visited the track is impressive. Heading that list is Bryan Berryhill, a 10-time All-American and two-time NCAA title winner, arguably the finest distance runner ever to don CSU colors. Other athletes, such as Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Stacy Draglia, distance runner Adam Goucher, sprinter Leonard Myles-Mills, jumper Roger Giles and the Rams' own men's NCAA title winner Casey Malone, women's NCAA title winner Loree Smith, men's All-Americans Drew Loftin and Adam and Brian Trainor, and women's All-American Liz Toman, have graced the facility with their impressive performances.
The track was completed in 1989 after more than a year of construction, which followed years of planning. The completion of the facility allowed the school to host some of the region's top meets annually, beginning in 1990. Three times the facility has been the site of the conference track and field championships.
The track is named in honor of Jack Christiansen, one of the finest athletes in school history. Christiansen was a football and track All-American who graduated in 1951. Following his career at the school -- then known as Colorado A&M -- he played for the NFL's Detroit Lions and later was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the only former CSU athlete to earn such an honor.
In 1950, Christiansen ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds, and the 200 in 21.8. A year earlier, he had set the school's record in the 440-yard dash, 47.6, a record that stood for more than two decades.
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