Replace the yellow-brick road with a purple track, hurdles and a sand pit, and there really is no place like home for the Ashland High School track and field team.
The Oredockers open the indoor track season Tuesday with an 11-team varsity invitational, and thanks to the AHS Field House, they'll be as ready as ever coming into a new season.
"Normally we're figuring out a lot of events at the first meet, but right now I feel pretty comfortable with the six individuals we have in every event because we've had time to evaluate and coach," AHS head coach Clay North said.
The team took up residence in the Field House for the first time ever last year, but the new facility wasn't quite ready to go when the season got underway.
This year is a different story, and one that ought to give Ashland a healthy advantage in the opening meet of the season.
"I think that's going to give us a very good leg up," North said. "It's got to give us an advantage. I can see right now just in comparison to last year. We were in here in April, so we're definitely farther ahead than we were last year. And compared to two years ago without this building, we just so much ahead."
The full story can be found in the Saturday, March 16 print edition of the Ashland Daily Press