Track and field legend Jimmy Carnes honored at new track in Gainesville, Fla.

On Jan. 7, a new track at the Alachua County Sports and Events Center in Gainesville, Fla., was dedicated to track and field legend Jimmy Carnes, who passed away in 2011.
On Jan. 7, a new track at the Alachua County Sports and Events Center in Gainesville, Fla., was dedicated to track and field legend Jimmy Carnes, who passed away in 2011.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A track at the Alachua County Sports and Events Center has been dedicated to a legend in the sport of track and field.

On Jan. 7, the Jimmy Carnes Track was officially dedicated at the center in Celebration Pointe in Gainesville, Fla.

The late Mr. Carnes is a former University of Florida and Olympic track and field Team coach. He passed away in 2011.

A successful coach at the high school, college, and international levels, Carnes compiled a 161–11 career dual meet record, highlighted by four college conference championships and six state high school championships. He was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic track and field team, and the Florida Gators track and field team, the founder of the Florida Track Club, and a member of the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame.

The Carnes family and many luminaries were on hand to honor Mr. Carnes during the designation ceremony.

The 200-meter track and facility are designed to the standard for NCAA track and field events. The new Alachua County Sports & Events Center is 130,000 square feet and will include 10 basketball courts, 18 volleyball courts, and 21 pickleball courts. The centre is a public/private venture with a price tag of $38 million.

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