Drake University’s iconic Blue Oval is undergoing a facelift this summer as a new state-of-the-art Jim Duncan Track is being installed inside the venerable stadium.A new Mondo Super X surface will be placed upon the existing track, guaranteeing that the Jim Duncan Track remains a world-class competitive venue for years to come.The new track, which will bear the familiar blue hue of its predecessor, is the same surface that the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics were contested on. The prefabricated synthetic rubber surface is composed of two layers vulcanized together to produce on seamless surface. Designed to produce superior athletic performance, the Mondotrack surface provides the optimum blend of energy return and comfort for both sprint and distance events and guarantees and ideal combination of shock absorption and elasticity for jumpers.Progress on the resurfacing continues on schedule with the entire oval now covered in the new surface. The project’s progress will be updated throughout the summer on www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com.Print Friendly Version Jim Duncan Track Update – June 30 Story Links
(Photo by Clark Fair)The United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it will buy half-pound cans of sockeye salmon from Icicle Seafoods and Peter Pan for federal food programs.The USDA announced this summer that it would purchase up to $30 million worth of canned sockeye through its Emergency Food Assistance Program. Funding for the purchase came from import tarrifs.Trident and Ocean Beauty also submitted bids to the USDA, but didn’t offer the low price necessary to get the contracts.The purchase is good news for the sockeye market, which had a glut of fish after two summers of large harvests, said UAA Economist Gunnar Knapp.“If the USDA comes and says we’ll buy some of that salmon…why that takes some of that production out of the regular market channels that it would go to and it can make a very significant difference in helping processors to get a higher price,” Knapp said.The cans will first go to warehouses in most states. According to the solicitation, the fish will be delivered between Oct. 1 and February 28.Food Bank of Alaska Executive Director Michael Miller said it’ll be a while before Alaska knows how much of the fish is headed back food banks in Alaska.“When the USDA buys a commodity from any state, it is fair-shared out to all of the states based on level of need, level of poverty, and other commodities that they have in their system, so it’s very possible that we’ll see some, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see the majority of it,” Miller said.