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Davis & Elkins College Breaks Ground on New Turf Field

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Look at the top college athletic programs in the country, and you will find pristine facilities. The Davis & Elkins College Men's and Women's soccer teams are among the best programs in the WVIAC, and they want to look the part when they join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference next year.

"It's about a 50/50 split I think nowadays," said Head men's soccer coach Aron Bassoff. "You come in and a lot of schools are having turf for their program and their soccer teams."

With an increasing number of colleges switching to turf, Davis & Elkins' switch is not only keep up with the competition. When the area sees torrential rain, the grass field's drainage system struggles to hold up. But with the new turf, that would no longer be an issue, and would help improve the quality of play from the student-athletes.

"They know what they're going to get as far as the surface goes," Bassoff said. "At this point in our program we're really looking for consistency and we're hoping this field helps us in that regards."

Both teams finished in the top three in the standings last season, so a $600,000 project may seem excessive for a slight bump in the standings. But Davis & Elkins President Buck Smith said there's more to the transformation.

"It's from a safety point of view and that's why we went to this premium turf," Smith said. "It's the highest grade turf available."

Junior Midfielder Alison Bogar has seen her fair share of injuries on the grass.

"We've had girls break ankles and tear ligaments just running. So it's just going to be smooth, and it's exciting to have that reassurance that there's not going to be little injuries like that," Bogar said.

Even with a new field, how much of an improvement could the turf be? Smith said he's very confident in the product.

"These fields have held up in rainy areas where it has been 20 inches per hour, and they could play on it," Smith said.

With both soccer teams sharing the field, and a lacrosse team starting up soon, the turf will be a welcome sight for student athletes.