FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. and CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Collegiate athletes at two track and field invitational meets this weekend will compete on surfaces made by Mondo, the global leader in the track and field, indoor sport and contract flooring markets.

The first competition, the John McDonnell Invitational at the University of Arkansas April 10-11, will take place at the Division I school's John McDonnell Field on Mondo's newest track surface, the Super X 720. John McDonnell Field is one of only five in the U.S. and the first one on a college campus to receive the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Class I certification.

"The Mondo Super X 720 track has literally been a game changer for us," said Chris Bucknam, head coach, Track and Field, University of Arkansas. "This surface, which combines the necessary properties for great performances during competition with a forgiving feel during training sessions, is unmatched in the industry today."

The second meet, the Johnson C. Smith Invitational, is April 10-11 at Johnson C. Smith University. This Division II school's Irwin Belk Complex features a Mondotrack, which was the track surface of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.

About Mondo's Tracks

Mondo's Super X 720 track surface combines the backing of Mondotrack and the wear layer of the company's renowned Super X Performance track which are vulcanized together to form one continuous, seamless piece of material that delivers exceptional traction, durability, drainage and safety. The backing provides exceptional shock absorbency and energy return, which further helps the performance layer increase athletes' comfort and enables them to achieve faster times than when running on other surfaces.

Mondotrack builds on the success of the Super X Performance track. Designed for superior athletic performance, Mondotrack provides optimal traction and a greater contact area than other tracks. It converts the maximum amount of force generated by athletes' foot strikes to energy for maximum energy return, which helps athletes achieve faster times compared to running on other surfaces.

The world's top track for more than 30 years, the renowned Super X Performance track is recognized around the world as one of the fastest, most durable and environmentally safest tracks available. An official track surface of eight Olympic Games through 2004 and the competition track from 1992 to 2004, Super X Performance was designed to provide consistent performance throughout its life. Ideal for both training and high-performance competition, the track is renowned for its shock absorption and optimal energy return, and its ideal blend of speed and comfort minimizes the occurrence of injuries.

More than 250 world records have been set on tracks made by Mondo.

About Mondo

Mondo is the global leader in the track and field, indoor sport and contract flooring markets, manufacturing flooring surfaces for virtually every application. More than 1,100 Mondo tracks and millions of square feet of the company's high-performance athletic surfaces are installed worldwide.

An official supplier of athletic tracks for the past 10 Olympic Games, Mondo also is the official supplier or sponsor of more than 100 sports federations and associations.

A family-owned business since its founding in 1948, the company sells its products in more than 196 countries through Mondo-owned manufacturing companies in Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and China. For news updates, visit mondoworldwide.com and like Mondo America's Facebook page.

Mondo is a registered trademark of Mondo.

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