City appointed and elected officials gathered at Cawley Stadium in Lowell Monday morning to announce the installation of a new $600,000 track. Pictured,
City appointed and elected officials gathered at Cawley Stadium in Lowell Monday morning to announce the installation of a new $600,000 track. Pictured, from left, are Sen. Eileen Donoghue; City Manager Kevin Murphy; City Councilor Rita Mercier; Mayor Rodney Elliott; School Supt. Jean Franco; Rep. David Nangle; Rep. Thomas Golden; Councilor Corey Belanger; Councilor John Leahy; Lowell High Track Coach Phil Maia and Steve Gendron, a member of the School Committee.

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LOWELL -- Track athletes at Lowell High will return to school this fall with a brand new running track at Cawley Stadium, replacing the old track that has shown wear and tear after about 15 years of use.

The track will be paid for with $400,000 in city funds and $200,000 from the state. City and school officials joined with the city's legislative delegation Monday morning to announce and celebrate funding for the track.

"Everyone is so excited," said Phil Maia, the Lowell High track coach.

Installation of the new track is expected to take six to eight weeks.

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