Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College field hockey team rededicated a new Robin L. Sheppard Field on Saturday, September 29 prior to its 4-0 win over Bates College, as the old, green turf has been torn up and replaced with a navy blue Politurf Platinum surface that gives Trinity one of the premier facilities in New England for both its field hockey and women's lacrosse programs. The AstroTurf surface for field hockey and lacrosse had outlived its usefulness, forcing the Bantams to play their 2018 women's lacrosse season on Jessee/Miller Field and share that facility with the men's team, but the college was able to install a new and improved Sheppard Field in the summer in time for the field hockey team's arrival in late August. With the recent construction of a new Jessee/Miller Field, Trinity's all-weather Field Turf football/men's lacrosse field and 400-meter synthetic running track, a Field Turf baseball field, a natural-grass softball field and a new sand-based, natural-grass soccer field, the outdoor sports, many of Trinity's athletic facilities are second to none.
"The new facility has been amazing," said Trinity Head Coach Anne Parmenter. "The field, the wind screens, everything makes us feel like we are in our own stadium."
Hazelton Fitness Center and the Ferris Weight Room also received some upgrades over the summer. The Anne G. & Richard J. Hazelton Fitness Center, named after retired Trinity athletic director RIck Hazelton and his wife, has been outfitted with new Matrix Fitness equipment with fitness-specific, easy-to-navigate app interface. New treadmills, ellipticals, climbmills, ascent trainers, upright Bikes and recumbent bikes have also been installed. Fitness enthusiasts can now connect to stunning entertainment, social media favorites, brand-building communication. The fitness-optimized apps include Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Weather, the Sprint 8® HIIT program, Virtual Active,™ and other great workouts.
The Ferris Weight Room also received a facelift this fall, as the old equipment that had once filled the space has been removed to make way for new Sorinex strength and conditioning equipment. The new facility featured 10 new racks that each containnew barbells, plates, and other attachments aimed at improving the athletic performance of the Trinity athletic teams. The new equipment also includes a new set of dumbbells, five lat pull-down machines, and new benches. The upgrades also include new flooring in the weight room and field turf in the hallway leading down to the room itself, which will protect the equipment and the athletes when they are performing jumping, agility, or conditioning activities during training sessions.