The spring of 1915 marked Springfield College’s entry into intercollegiate competition; previously, they “had been denied the privilege of competing” (Massasoit, 1920). In 1917, Dr. Donald Young, then a professor of biology at Springfield, suggested an annual track meet for colleges in the Connecticut valley. On May 11, 1918, the first meet of the Connecticut Valley teams (later known as the Eastern Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association) took place; the race featured Holy Cross, Trinity, Rensselaer Polytech, Springfield, and Dartmouth. Although older records indicate the race pictured is part of the New England Intercollegiate Meet, Springfield was not admitted into that competition until 1932. Pratt Field originally consisted of a quarter mile track, a 220-yard straightaway, eleven jumping pits, space for weight throwing, seven tennis courts, a football field, and a baseball diamond. An eight-foot-high reinforced concrete fence surrounded the field, which formally opened in the fall of 1910, in connection with a football game. The grandstand was not built until 1911 and could hold 1,200 people. Beneath the structure were storage rooms, a massage room, a dressing room, showers, lockers, bathrooms, a ticket office, and a check room. For more information, see Elmer Berry's "The Pratt Athletic Field" (The Association Seminar, vol. 19 no. 9, June 1911).
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