Bids are currently being taken for the construction of a regulation eight-lane asphalt running track that will be constructed on the Miami High School campus.

“We've been talking to people,” Miami superintendent Bill Stephens said. “We're looking at what the total cost will be. We're looking at the cost of the overlay and asphalt, with help of the city doing a lot of the dirtwork.”

A number of funding options are being considered for the project, which is expected to cost around $150,000, according to Stephens.

Bids will be opened on May 25.

“We've had the soil tests run and should be getting the results back,” athletic director Rick Woods said.

It would be the third “home” facility available for MHS and Will Rogers Middle School athletes.

Facilities for softball (Harley Turner Field) and soccer (Ed Craig Field) were built in the 1990s.

The soccer field also doubles as the practice field for the Wardog football team.

“It's something we've needed for a long time,” MHS girls' track coach Bruce Rhodes said. “The program has done fairly well without having one. There is no question it will help us out. It will especially help with our middle distance and distance people.”

The last couple of years, Miami has worked out at the high school, at NEO and at Commerce.

Despite the lack of facilities, Zack Simpson won back-to-back 300-meter intermediate hurdles state titles as well as a gold medal in the 110-high hurdles at the 2006 4A state meet.

The Miami schools and City of Miami had been in talks with Northeastern A&M on the three joining forces to renovate Robertson Field. That would have included overhauling the stands, installation of turf and work on the track.

That fell through, so MPS officials began looking into the possibility of putting the track in at the high school.

“They just didn't have room to put it up at the college,” Woods said. “It would been nice place to have it there, but they just didn't have the room. We've got some successful track teams and we need to provide them with at least facilities to practice at.”

At least part of the work at Robertson Field - the installation of turf - reportedly will begin this month.

“We had to look at what options we had, and the very best option is for us to have one for ourself,” Stephens said. “I am pretty confident that if we have a track at the high school, we can pay for our spring sports.”