Sports

Turf, there it is.

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By Emily Jeynes, Reporter

Photo courtesy of  Nic Simonton

Fall has come into full swing at Aquinas College, and with the start of classes has come fall sports! Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse and Soccer have had multiple games on Aquinas College’s new turf. Not only does it now have the new Nelson logo on it, but it has also been totally resurfaced.

This updated field has been long overdue. The previous turf had years of wear and tear, making it difficult for athletes to perform at their best when competing. Senior Women’s Lacrosse player, Hannah Lashbrook, is particularly grateful for the resurfaced turf.

“The turf is super great! It’s a lot nicer than the older turf, and it’s nice to play on because it has more cushion under your step and doesn’t have rips and holes in it anymore. We used to trip on the old turf when running because it would have pockets where the turf’s grass had separated from other parts and created these rips that your cleats would get caught in.”

The resurfacing of the turf may seem like a small change, but it has a great impact for the athletes who perform on it.

The turf was funded completely by donors. As is similar with many building projects on campus, donors specifically contributed money to the resurfacing of the turf.

While replacing the turf was great for athletic performance, there was also an opportunity for Aquinas athletics to rebrand and update the logo. Staying true to the Aquinas mascot, Nelson, the turf was rebranded with the updated Nelson logo. The new turf has proved to be an updated asset on Aquinas’s campus and will continue to be for years to come.

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