Royal High School, Simi Valley

This photo is facing west. With the huge high jump aprons outside of the track (on the east) and the snack bar (on the west), it is obvious there is plenty of room on both ends of the stadium. That is significant because this is a rare broken back track, meaning the turns change in intensity. Unlike Ribet, this is a competition track and the 200 and 400 runners have to make a sharper left turn just before entering the straights. The darker spots on the home stretch (right) are signs of wear. This is apparently due to the soccer lobby overpowering logic in order to get a wider field. The huge stands on the north side were built at the time of track construction, so it was all part of a master plan.

This is no optical illusion, the turn sharpens as the runners enter the relay zone.

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