Whitman dedicates new athletic field
Against a backdrop of two soccer games, Whitman College dedicated
its new athletic fields on September 22. The fields are located
north of the campus near Borleske Stadium.
The new fields are a boon to Whitmans overall athletic program,
said athletic director Travis Feezell, providing playing space not
only for soccer teams but also for club sports like lacrosse, rugby,
and ultimate frisbee. A very large percentage of our students
are involved in these athletic programs, and the new fields benefit
them all, Feezell said.
The varsity soccer field, complemented by its adjacent practice
fields, gives us the best soccer complex in our conference,
said womens soccer coach Scott Shields, 91. It
is comparable, in fact, to what a lot of the NCAA Division I schools
have. Student-athletes who take soccer seriously will want to practice
and play on these fields.
Whitman purchased the 17-acre site from the city of Walla Walla
a year and a half ago. Improvements in recent months have included
underground drainage, irrigation, and fertilization systems, relocated
light poles for the varsity soccer field, parking space, and restroom
and storage facilities.