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Northwest Jaguars Celebrate New Track and Scoreboard


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By Kevin O’Rourke

Northwest High School celebrated two new additions to its formidable sports legacy Tuesday night with ribbon cutting ceremonies for a new track and a new scoreboard at its football field.

“About four years ago I started my campaign to get a new track,” said Northwest Principal Lance Dempsey told the crowd of students, coaches and parents. She told them that she would grab the ear of MCPS athletics administrators and talk up the school’s need for a new track. Any chance Dempsey had to speak with Montgomery County Public Schools, Director of Systemwide Athletics, Dr. William “Duke” Beatie and his second in command, Athletics Specialist Jeff Sullivan, she’d tell them about the poor condition of the track. “I’d tell them, ‘my kids are going to get hurt.”

All the ear-bending paid off in June when Northwest was approved to receive a new track at its football field.

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“I know the kids are really excited about it,” said Dempsey, and who then called out Head Track Coach Robert Youngblood, who won championships last spring with both the boys and girls track and field teams going undefeated. “I expect a couple of more state championships to be won because of work that will be done on this new track,” said Dempsey. Funding for the new track came from the MCPS regular operating budget.

Northwest Director of Athletics Anne Rossitter said that work on the track started in late June and was completed by the first week of August.

While Dempsey is very happy about Northwest’s new track, she is even prouder of the new $60,000 scoreboard which now sits at the northeast end of the football field. “That new scoreboard is there because we are a community,” said Dempsey, telling the audience that the new scoreboard was paid for entirely through donations from the Northwest Boost Club and a large donation from the Pichler family. “Thank you to the Booster Club, which is made up of families that have students currently attending Northwest, but also many families that have children that have yet to attend our school, and of course, many booster have children that have already graduated. Thank you, Boosters.”

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