The new sky-blue Atlas-brand latex track at Modesto Junior College Stadium received mixed reviews Saturday.
Men's hurdler Anwar Moore -- who won in 13.12 seconds last year on the old track and hoped to better that time -- didn't know quite what to make of it. He won in a disappointing 13.32 in what he said felt like a good race.
"I thought (my time) was faster," he said. "I felt like I was moving."
Darold Williamson, hoping to run in the 44-second range, won the men's 400 in 46.26 and said the track felt soft.
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Slow or soft?
"Slow and soft," he said, offering hope. "If it wears in a little bit, it will be faster."
Women's 100-200 winner Lauryn Williams said of the surface, "It's not super hard. Everyone says hard is fast. I can tell the softness of it."
And then there was men's 100 winner Carlos Moore, who won in a wind-aided 9.97 following times of 10.31 and 10.30 in his two previous races here on the old Chevron 400 vulcanized rubber track.
"Based on that, I would have to give it an A-plus," said Moore, who envisioned a time between 10.08 and 10.18. "Before, I wouldn't have said that."
Meanwhile, Khadevis Robinson still didn't quite know what to make of the track after winning the 800 for the sixth year in a row.
"It's hard to tell. It's still a 400-meter track," Robinson said. "The spikes haven't beaten it down yet, so I don't know if we're getting everything out of it. After it gets some sun and people run on it, it will be faster.
"But really, it's just us. We came through 400 meters too slow, and those guys (in the 100) ran 10.6."