For the first time, all 10 high schools in the Fort Lauderdale city limits will compete against each other in a track and field meet.
The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Track and Field City Championships will take place Wednesday at Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., with the opening ceremonies set to start at 3 p.m., and the meet 30 minutes later.
The event will be the first at the city of Fort Lauderdale's new Orange Bowl Track. It is the first public track belonging to the city since the one at Lockhart Stadium was removed in 1998 to accommodate Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion.
Last year, the city and the Orange Bowl Committee teamed to fund a $3 million project to upgrade Carter Park, which included the installation of an eight-lane track and other track-and-filed amenities, as well as an artificial-turf football field, covered aluminum bleachers and an electronic scoreboard. The project was completed a couple of months ago.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, a former high jumper at Cardinal Gibbons, will be present at the opening ceremonies, and several state champion track and field coaches from as far back as the 1950s are also scheduled to appear. Admission to the opening ceremony and meet is free to the general public.
Large and small schools don't usually compete against each other in track and field, which makes this meet unique. The schools that will be participating include Calvary Christian, Cardinal Gibbons, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Pine Crest, St. Thomas Aquinas, South Florida HEAT, Stranahan, Upperroom Christian and Westminster Academy.