REKORTAN Welcomes Scott Byrd as College Segment Sales Manager

Dalton, GA – Rekortan is pleased to welcome Scott Byrd to its staff as College Segment Sales Manager for its track division. Scott brings a wealth of track knowledge and experience to his new career in the running tracks industry.

A native of Fayetteville, GA, Byrd is a graduate of Fayetteville High School where he was a four year letterer in football and track. Scott earned his degree from Jacksonville State University and in 1980 he was the national collegiate power lifting champion.  After college, Scott served as an IDEA Certified Trainer from 1987-2000 and is a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Scott also coached at Velocity Sports where he was an assistant coach for Team Velocity. He is a USAW Club Coach and USAW Sports Performance certified. After Velocity Sports, Scott moved on to Shorter University and transformed the Hawk and Lady Hawk track and field programs into national powers and annual national championship contenders.

During his tenure at Shorter, the university won 18 individual national championships and in 2011 saw nine athletes win individual national championships resulting in the men’s double and the women posting program-best finishes of fifth and third at the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. For his successes he was named both the 2011 NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Coach of the Year.  He followed that year with another tremendous season, as the men were runners up at the NAIA Indoor Championships and the women successfully defended their Outdoor national crown. Byrd was named the NAIA Outdoor National Coach of the Year by his peers once again.

Shorter University, well established as a track and field powerhouse, quickly began piling up the championships under Byrd. Some of these include 90 individual national champions, over 75 All-Conference athletes, over 60 NAIA All-Americans, over 80 national qualifiers and one NAIA national record.  Scott’s impact on the sport, the athletes, and on the university he represented cannot be overstated.

He now looks to enjoy a different type of success within the sport by helping coaches, schools and athletes achieve their goals on a world class Rekortan track.

We are very pleased to add someone of Scott’s background and integrity to the Rekortan family,” said Gary Wilson, Vice President for Rekortan. “Scott is well connected in the track world and enjoys the respect of his fellow coaches. We’re ecstatic to bring him into the fold and get him out promoting the Rekortan brand to Colleges and Universities around the country.”

About Rekortan: Designed for the current day athlete, the Rekortan track system is a diverse, world class series of polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. The Rekortan debut in 1969 revolutionized the track world with quality and innovation, forever crowning our systems as “the fast tracks”. Four decades have passed and the Rekortan name continues a tradition of excellence, representing the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world. As the flagship running track brand of the sports surfacing giant Sportgroup, Rekortan has helped the Sportgroup earn more Class 1 and Class 2 IAAF certifications than any competitor across the globe.

Record Setting Penn Relays on Rekortan Track Surface

The 2016 Penn Relays held at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania on April 28 – 30 were the first run on the new Rekortan track. Speed was expected and the relays did not disappoint. Several records and bests were set on the new Rekortan track surface, in spite of difficult wind and weather conditions. Although the focus was on the “USA vs. The World” and “Championship of America” events on Saturday, a world record by Ida Keeling, age 100 stole the show.

Here’s a list of the highlights of accomplishments achieved by high school, college and Olympic-development athletes on the Rekortan “Powered by Speed” track at Franklin Field:

  •  Ida Keeling, competing in the Masters Mixed 100m Dash in the 80 and older category set a new world mark for a runner 100 or older with a time of 1:17.33. You can watch the video of her run here: bit.ly/idawr100
  • The Shenendehowa High School 4×800 meter relay team set a Penn Relays record by over 2 seconds.
  • The Kingston College (from East Kingston, Jamaica) 4×100 Championship of America team won while tying last year’s Penn Relays record for High School Boys, with a time of 39.63.
  • Obrien Wasome of Kingston College beat Sanya Owolabi’s 1978 Penn Relays record in Triple Jump with a 16.01-meter jump.
  • The US won 5 of 6 in the “US vs. The World” competions. Jamaica won the Men’s 4x100m relay, the U.S. team won the Women’s 4x100m relay and the Men’s and Women’s 4x200m and 4x400m relays.
  • The University of Pennsylvania, the “home team” which runs on Franklin Field where the Penn Relays are held, won the Men’s 4xMile relay, its first win at the event since 1974.
  • Penn State University scored big with over a dozen top-3 finishes across the track and field competitions. Highlights for the Nittany Lions included wins in the Men’s 4×800 and Distance Medley events.
  • The University of Tennessee women’s distance relay team won three races for the second consecutive year – the distance medley, 4x1500m and 4x800m.  

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as the fast track, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortans innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance. For more information, visit the Rekortan page on this site.

These are just some of the highlights from the Penn Relays run on the new Rekortan track surface. For more information on the Penn Relays visit thepennrelays.com.

Action from the 2016 Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, April 28 – 30.

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First Rekortan G13 Installation in the USA – Shorter University

Rekortan G13 Shorter University

ROME, Ga. – As the Shorter track program continues to evolve into becoming one of the top NCAA Division II teams, it has now become the first in the nation that will run on a new state-of-the-art surfaces.

Thanks to Advanced Polymer Technology, a German-engineered synthetic Running Track & Artificial Turf Manufacturing company, and Gary Wilson, Director of Sales Americas/Turf & Track Divisions for APT Sports, Shorter and Rome has been chosen to receive the first installation in the United State of the Rekortan G 13 Gel track surface at a new 40-meter warm-up area beside the John Maddox Track at Barron Stadium and a javelin runway pad at the Riverside Throws Center.

“It’s the most advanced track system in the world and we are so thankful to APT and Gary Wilson for picking Shorter and Rome to be the first in the country to have it,” Shorter Director of Track Scott Byrd said.

“As the technology continues to improve,” the coach said, “you want something to perform on as best as you can, to train on and to remain healthy. This system does just that.”

“I wanted to introduce Rekortan G 13 to the United States by its first installation for the Shorter University’s nationally-renowned track and field program,” said Wilson, who pointed out that the system was developed for high-end track stadiums primarily in Europe. “Coach Byrd is an innovator of specialized training and we thought Baron Stadium would be the best location for our introduction.”

The new surface will see its first action in two weeks when Shorter hosts the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships on May 13-14.

“We are greatly indebted to APT, Rekortan and Gary Wilson for their contribution to Shorter University and the city of Rome,” Shorter Director of Athletics Kim Graham said. “The installation of the warm up lanes at Barron Stadium and the runway at the Throws Center will enhance both venues.

Chemically designed with a unique Gel layer made from environmentally friendly, renewable materials and Polyurethane to provide the best shock absorption and energy return stability in the industry, Rekortan G 13 – it is IAAF certified – is a tight dense matrix of natural EPDM rubber designed for the Olympic caliber sprinter and increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

APT has developed high performance surfacing systems for every sport from professional to Olympic-level fields in hockey, soccer, football, tennis and running and track and field.

Rekortan has been the official surface of the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia since 1988 and following the 2015 event at Franklin Field a decision was made by the University of Pennsylvania to perform a complete track renovation and a new Rekortan surface will be in place for this year’s Relays on April 28-30.

“We wanted Shorter University to have a hand in it,” Wilson said. “Coach Byrd is well-known in the track world. This will serve him well to do what he does best.”

 

Olympic Track Coach Discusses Rekortan Track Surface

Harvey Glance knows track and the surfaces on which the sport runs. A three-time Olympian and coach of the 2012 400m Olympic champion, Harvey sat down recently with Gary Wilson of Advanced Polymer Technology to discuss Rekortan, the track surface “powered by speed.” The resulting video covers issues related to training and racing, and how track surface can make a difference. Backdrop for the discussion is Rekortan’s recent resurfacing of the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field track, home of the Penn Relays. The video is available on YouTube and on APT Sports’ home page www.sportsbyapt.com

Harvey Glance“Today’s athlete needs not only shock absorption, which most people hear about, but also energy return,” said Harvey Glance. “You’ve got to give back to the body. Once your foot goes down, you have to have more energy back into the body which gives you the ability to compete and train at a better rate.”

The Rekortan track at Franklin Field will be used through the spring track season, highlighted by the Penn Relays in April. The Relays attract elite racers from around the world.

For more information about training issues and how the surface matters, follow APT Sports on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin as the spring season approaches. Information about training issues as well as how track surfaces affect athletes will be shared, plus a countdown to the Relays in April.

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as “the fast track”, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortan’s innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

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Charleston Southern University – Phase 1 Gridiron RS+52 Football Field

The project is underway at Charleston Southern University! The university selected the complete APT package for the revamp of Buccaneer Field. Phase 1, going on now, is the installation of an APT Gridiron RS+52 football field. Following the field installation, Phase 2 will be the installation of a Rekortan M99 running track.

Nothing but the best for the Bucs! APT’s football turf has been installed at facilities such as the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice facility in 2013, Chicago Bears’ Walter Payton indoor facility, and the University of Alabama’s Hank Crisp Indoor Football Center. APT’s Rekortan M99 running track has been installed at several Olympic venues, Good Will Games, and has been the official surface of the Penn Relays since 1988!

CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell said, “We chose APT for our field turf because of their stat-of-the-art technology and extensive experience. Their product will allow us to have a playing surface that is of top-notch quality with exceptional performance. I have no doubt in my mind that we will have the best playing surface in the country going forward.” Click here to read what CSU has to say about the project.

Check out the Gridiron field installation pictures below. Remember to stay tuned to APT’s newsfeed and Facebook page for updates on the Rekortan M99 installation at CSU.

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IAAF World Championships – Men’s 400m Final

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa has won the men’s IAAF World Championship 400m final today in Beijing. Van Niekerk’s time was 43.48, with defending champion LaShawn Merritt (43.65) and Kirani James (43.78) close behind. This is the first time in history that three men have gone under 44 seconds in one race!

Van Niekerk has now earned the title of fourth-fastest man in history. This win also brings South Africa the first global victory at the 400m since the 1920 Olympic games.

Read more about this amazing race by clicking here and stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more track news!

IAAF Mens 400m final

Kirani James Wins 400m Semifinal in Beijing

Kirani James raced across the finish line with ease today in Beijing for the IAAF World Championship 400m semifinals. Check out the video of his win by clicking here.

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James faces some tough competition in the finals on Wednesday. Check out the competition and their semifinal times below:

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We can’t wait to see what the finals brings! Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for the latest action from the IAAF World Championships!

Diamond League 400m Update

Machel Cedenio surprised everyone with his amazing come-from-behind victory in Stockholm Sweden a few weeks ago. Check out his story here, along with the race results and list of season leaders.

Stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more track and field stories, building up to IAAF Worlds!

IAAF Diamond League

Felix Chooses 400m at IAAF Worlds

Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400m, not the 200m, at the upcoming IAAF World Championships. This year, Felix has proven to be the fastest woman in the world in the 200m and second fastest in the 400m, behind Bahama’s Shaunae Miller. Reports say that Miller may opt to only run the 200m this year at Worlds. Click here to read more.

Stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for your track and field news!

Rekortan – Powered By Speed!

Allyson Felix from the USA, left, and Dezerea Bryant from the USA, right, compete in the women's 200m race at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Allyson Felix from the USA, left, and Dezerea Bryant from the USA, right, compete in the women’s 200m race at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)