This pic is circa 1994, well before the destruction, I am in the middle. So here it goes... What happened to the Pepperdine Track? Or should I say the Stotsenberg Track, so generously donated by Ed and Dorothy Stotsenberg in 1989 - they were avid runners in Malibu with nowhere to train, so they donated 300,000 dollars to Pepperdine, to build an Olympic size, eight lane, all-weather Track. We all rejoiced! It brought in runners to train like Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton as well as top notch high school athletes and many others. It was a true gift to the school and the community.
So now I am at a loss for words. I love Pepperdine, but this so disappoints me. I am still baffled that no one has fought for this. So there comes a time where you have to fight, you can't leave it up to the gods.
I ran for Pepperdine for my first two years of University, but then transferred to a more rigorous track program at the University of Washington (the same place where Dorothy Stotsenberg graduated from). I returned to Pepperdine to assist the legendary Richard Kampmann in coaching the X- Country and Track team at Pepp as well as attend grad school there. All was well.
Until Dorothy Stotsenberg died in 2011... and the soccer team wanted a bigger field.
Good-bye track. Now only the outer 4 lanes remain. A mile is now 3 and a half laps. You don't know your splits. It is a hard place to train.
How does a division 1 school with so much money not have a proper track (especially after the money was donated specifically for a track)??? I can't imagine recruiting athletes to run at a track like this? Did I forget to mention all of the hazardous bubbles on the track as well as hard patches. The Stotsenbergs would be horrified if they knew their legacy was this-especially after all they donated to Pepperdine on so many levels. The worst part about it all, is that if you Google Pepperdine Track, it still says it is an Olympic sized state of the art track.
At least be honest.
There it is and so it begins. My fight to get a division 1 school with loads of money to have an Olympic-sized, all weather track, which they once had...