Brevard High School will host the first annual Frank Patton Classic on Tuesday, April 11, at the Frank Patton Track on the campus of Brevard College. The meet is currently scheduled to host teams from seven schools, including Brevard, Rosman, T.C. Roberson, and Swain County.
“Getting a full-fledged meet at this facility has long been a goal,” said Brevard head coach Philip Latter. “Every runner in Transylvania County is so grateful to Frank and Donna Patton for all they’ve done in making it happen. Without their donations, we’d still have a crumbling track and no places to jump or throw. Naming the meet in Frank’s honor was a no-brainer.”
Thanks to two separate donations, the Frank Patton Track now features a state-of-the-art eight-lane synthetic surface, brand new long jump and triple jump pits, a new high jump mat, 80 hurdles, new starting blocks, and high quality throwing implements.
The results have been immediate, as witnessed by the girls’ cross country team’s back-to-back 2A state championships and Noah Graham’s seven individual titles.
“When you build beautiful things in beautiful places, good things seem to happen,” Latter added. “The facility and the program are still a work in progress, but the progress itself has been immense.”
The field events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with running events starting at 4:15 p.m. Anyone who has interest in volunteering is encouraged to email head coach Philip Latter at firstname.lastname@example.org