Cromwell Track & Field, which is named after legendary Trojan coach Dean Cromwell who led USC track teams to 12 NCAA Championships, has been expanded to include a new 3,000-seat stadium (complete with offices and locker rooms), named after Katherine B. Loker, who made the project possible through a generous gift to the University. The first phase of construction, which includes the locker rooms, offices and stands, is expected to be completed in February of 2001.
Cromwell Track & Field was used as a training and warm-up facility during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. It underwent a complete refurbishing in fall of 1983. Not only was the track resurfaced, but the high jump area was expanded, two new sand pits for the horizontal jumps were installed and a new drainage system was also added.
The track’s Rekortan surface, the same one that was installed for the Olympic competition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has eight, 42-inch lanes.
In the fall of 2000, the track was resurfaced again.
Cromwell Track & Field Stadium had been renovated in 1979, but all that remains from the first facelift is the equipment storeroom and weightroom on the track’s southwest perimeter.
Cromwell Track & Field Stadium was the site of the first USC-UCLA Dual Meet held on the USC campus in 1995. The meet was also held there in 1997 and the Trojans and Bruins will meet at Cromwell again this season on May 5.