Today’s track is found in Illinois, and is the home of another high school with a unique mascot. When I was growing up, we had family that lived in Freeport, Illinois, and we would go there to visit every year. My great-aunt was a 2nd grade teacher, and we would hear quite often about how the Freeport Pretzels sports teams were doing. Freeport was settled by German immigrants in the 1850’s and a pretzel company was started at this time. Because of this, it became known as “Pretzel City”, so the high school chose the Pretzels as their mascot as a way to honor their history. I love the big pretzel on the center of their new turf field that was installed two years ago. The track itself looks pretty typical for a high school facility. It does however, only have six full lanes. There are eight on the straightaway though for sprints and short hurdles.