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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Beavers have received a $2 million challenge gift to help complete the school's Whyte Track and Field Center.

The gift by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will go toward the second phase of the facility's construction, which includes grandstands, a hammer throw area and a scoreboard. The total budget for the phase is estimated at $4.5 million.

All previous donations and pledges to the project, totaling $550,000, will be counted toward the challenge. The deadline for donations is Dec. 31.

The Whyte Track and Field Center opened in September 2012 as the Beavers have rebuilt their track program under coach Kelly Sullivan. The sport was dropped by Oregon State after the 1988 season.

Construction for the new phase is expected to start next spring.

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