Letter: Former runner thrilled about new track

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The existing cinder track at Mattituck High School would be replaced by an all-weather track if voters approve a $925,000 bond proposal Tuesday.
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The existing cinder track at Mattituck High School will be replaced by an all-weather track.

To the editor:

Thank you for your feature on Mattituck student Kyle Freudenberg’s passionate work toward getting a new track approved at her high school. I was a member of the Mattituck High School track team in the late 1970s and enjoyed some limited success running on the track.

Our cinder track was “out of date” and limited when I ran for the team 35 years ago, so I’m thrilled to hear that a new track has been funded and construction anticipated in the spring of 2014. I don’t live on the North Fork, but we visit Mattituck often and I look forward to running on the new track.

I would like to personally thank Ms. Freudenberg for her passion, persistence and fortitude. I’ve been following the saga for several years and I had hoped to attend some of the school board meetings to voice my strong support. Unfortunately, I never attended the meetings due to family and business conflicts (I live in Maryland), or maybe I just don’t possess the fortitude of Ms. Freudenberg.

In any case, the new track is an exciting addition to the school facility and the Mattituck community. The track supports physical activity, a healthy lifestyle and can be a benefit to the community with summer track meets and youth/adult running programs.

I applaud the decision to move forward with the new track in these tough economic times.

Michael Drum, Annaplis, Md.