Work nears completion on new shotput area |

Work nears completion on new shotput area

Mike Sciandra
Churchill County High School's new shotput installation is located to the left of the tennis courts.

Churchill County High School is moving up in the world of track and field, and the newly added shot put arena is an example.

Planning and construction on the installation began last year, according to track coach Steve Heck.

“We, the school, started planning this last year when we learned they would put the (auxiliary) gym there,” Heck said. “We figured it would be good for the school and club teams. Our shot put area was where the gym was, and wanted it to be near the district area for the practicing and for meets to coach athletes.”

The area includes three stationed shot rings and a cement discus area in proximity to each other. Heck said he thinks the facility is amazing and is going to be one the better facilities in Northern Nevada.

“We broke ground on gym week after the state meet last year,” he said. “The school had been without its own shot put are since the previous June, but they also hadn’t had any meets so we got here in time to do some preseason work on it. They were pretty quick and efficient getting on it.”

Heck said it is nice that the facility is located so close to the tennis court as well as to the track next to the new gym. The area will host several meets as well as a big invitational with the hopes of attracting teams from Reno to compete in Fallon.

“Getting schools from those other areas is tough, so having a nice area makes a difference,” he said. “We still have to get the shot put boards in and the discus ring itself, but I think it’s safe to say it’s finished and it looks good no doubt.”