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Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track, Frank Field

Cuyler Athletic Complex. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cuyler Athletic Complex. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The home of  Yale track and field since its inception as a sport in the 1870s, Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex and the Dwyer Track are among the premier track and field facilities in the nation.  The eight lane En-tout-cas surface was laid in 1981, replacing a legendary cinder oval, the likes of which had rarely been scene.  The old track had two 200-meter straightaways, enabling runners to race a one-turn 400-meter dash and a straight 200-meter dash.  The new layout was resurfaced in the summer of 1995 in preparation for the Special Olympics World Games.

The creative layout of the facility allows for competition in all events including the hammer, discus and javelin within the complex. Sprint straightaways are marked to allow for competition in both directions depending on the prevailing winds, and multi-directional runways in the long and triple jumps and the pole vault allow for optimal performance. A huge high jump apron makes for a great jumping area.  Three shot-put circles, two hammer/discus cages and an all-weather javelin runway make the facility a thrower's dream.

Bleachers on the sprint straightaway seat 1,500, making the complex a tremendous host site for championship meets.  Dewitt Cuyler and Yale have served as hosts for three IC4A championships (most recently in the spring of 2004) and six Heptagonal Championships (most recently in 2011).  In the summer of 1995, 5,000 Special Olympics Athletes from around the world competed in the Special Olympics World Games at the facility.

The infield of the track serves as Frank Field, named after Yale Heisman Trophy winner Clint Frank '38. It is a practice field for the Yale varsity football team, and hosts junior varsity football games in the fall.

updated Feb. 2010

To see the schedule of events on Clint Frank Field, click here

To see the schedule of events on Dewitt-Cuyler Oval, click here