The Frank G. Anderson Track and Field Complex, entering its 22nd year of existence, has witnessed outstanding performances by some of the world's greatest athletes.
At the 1990 SWC Outdoor Championships, Houston's Leroy Burrell set track records in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, clocking in at 9.94w and 19.61w. In the same meet, Texas A&M's Andre Cason finished second in the 100-meter dash and Baylor's Michael Johnson, now the world record holder in the event, placed second in the 200-meter dash.
That threesome has gone on to become a highly-decorated trio, with Burrell ranked No. 1 in the world in 1991 in the 100-meter dash and Johnson ranked No. 1 in the world in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. In 1992, Cason set a world record in the 60-meter dash, breaking the mark set by Burrell in 1990. Cason and Burrell teamed up at the World Championships in 1991 with Dennis Mitchell and former Houston great Carl Lewis to set a world record in the 400-meter relay.
The Anderson Track and Field record board reads like a Who's Who of the sport. Former A&M shotputter Randy Barnes, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder, set the track shot put record in 1988 with a throw of 71-4 3/4 at the Texas A&M Relays. The long jump record of 26-10 1/2 belongs to former University of Texas star Eric Metcalf, now a standout football player with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
Baylor's Bill Payne, former American collegiate pole vault record holder, set the track record in 1990 with a vault of 18-01/2 and former Tennessee star John Tillman leaped 55-81/2 to set the triple jump mark in 1989.
Arkansas' Reuben Reina holds the 10,000-meter run track record with a clocking of 29:54.63, and former Houston standout Cletus Clark is the track record holder in the 110-meter hurdles at 13.66.
Many observers claim that the Anderson Track and Field Complex is one of the finest outdoor facilities not only in the United States, but in the entire world. The $1.8 million complex opened for competition in the spring of 1986 and the grandstands were completed in 1988. A pavilion was added in 1990 and lights were erected in 1991. Future improvements will include a press facility and additional grandstands.
The nine-lane Spurtan surface is identical to the one used at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. It boasts the largest area of rubberized surface of any track in the country and was the first surface of its kind to be used in the United States.
The track is uniquely designed to allow all throwing events to be contested in the infield, with pole vault and horizontal jump pits located directly in front of the grandstand. The design allows spectators to witness every event without ever leaving their seats; no more abandoning an ideal venue at the track to watch the javelin or discus in some distant field.
Practice areas are located adjacent to the track. Five jumping pits are located between the track and the grandstands and the facility boasts six pole vaulting areas.
Anderson Track and Field Complex played host to its first major event with the 1990 SWC Outdoor Championships, which made a return appearance in 1992. The 1990 event was the first conference meet hosted by A&M since 1971.
In 2001, Texas A&M hosted the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, the first conference track meet on campus in nine years.
The Aggies hosted the NCAA Midwest Regional in May 2004.
The facility is named after legendary Aggie track coach Col. Frank G. "Andy" Anderson, who coached track and field at A&M from 1922-35 and again from 1947-57, a total of 25 years. Anderson coached the Aggies to nine SWC team championships and 114 individual conference titles. Amazingly, his teams never finished lower than third in any SWC meet.