Triton unveils new turf fields

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Former Major League Baseball All-Star Lance Johnson, who played on the 1982 and 1983 Triton baseball teams that appeared in back-to-back NJCAA World Series, was on hand for an April 28 dedication ceremony at Triton College's newly renovated east campus athletic complex. 

On May 2, the college opened the eight-lane running track to the public. Regular public hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The complex includes a new synthetic turf baseball field and a multipurpose field that will host track, soccer, football and other sporting events. The project was paid for by the 2014 sale of $53 million bonds. 

One of the namesakes of Symonds-Puckett Field, longtime Triton baseball coach Bob Symonds, was honored by college officials at the event. Symonds, who won nearly 1,400 games over his 33 years at the program's helm, called the school "a flagship of academics and athletics" and praised the institution's future direction. 

— Michael Romain

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Email: michael@oakpark.com

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