Track and Field Being Rededicated to McCarron and Mulligan in Lunenburg
By Mina Corpuz
LUNENBURG -- A rededication ceremony at the middle-high school track and field will rename the facilities after student athlete Myles McCarron and former Athletic Director Richard Mulligan at the end of the month.
The event will take place Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the track and field, said School Committee Chair Heather Sroka. Two bronze plaques honoring McCarron and Mulligan will be placed during the ceremony.
“There is no better example of what you’re looking for than naming these facilities for these two individuals,” member Carl Archambault said when the committee unanimously approved the name change in June.
The track will be named after Mulligan, a Lunenburg High School graduate who served as athletic director for more than 20 years. He also taught at the school and coached basketball, track, and cross country.
Mulligan was recognized as athletic director of the year in 1983 and was inducted to the Mass State Track Association Hall of Fame.
The field will be named for McCarron, who played on the school’s soccer team and would have graduated with the Class of 2003. He died in 2002 as a passenger in a speeding car.
His family and Sandy Laserte of the Lunenburg Track and Athletic Fields Association created the Miles for Myles 5K run, walk, and ride fundraiser in his honor.
Proceeds from the race helped build and manage the school’s rubber track and artificial turf field.
At a Tuesday meeting, the School Committee accepted a Miles for Myles bench that will be placed near the track and field before the ceremony.
“It was previously approved by the Parks Department and has been waiting four years to be placed in an appropriate location,” Sroka said.
The bench has the race’s logo, which is a soccer player with a number 10 jersey and a heart. Enclosed in a heart is a teaching message of the race: “No need to speed.”
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