High school state track notebook: Weather postpones 2A-A meet
At 11:50 a.m., sun was shimmering between clouds on the Western Heights track.
At 12:06 p.m., a steady rain was coming down, and runners were being pulled off the track.
Lightning and heavy rain impeded the Classes 2A and A track meet Friday. No track events were completed, though most of the field events scheduled did finish. The 4x100 prelims were getting set to begin with runners in place in a light rain when a crack of thunder sent them and fans scurrying for cover in the bleachers.
The heavy rain never ceased, and an official call to postpone the meet came about 1:40 p.m.
Events begin again at 9 a.m. Saturday with teams and coaches needing to report at 8 a.m. There will be no prelims because of the shortened event with the 4x200 relay kicking off track events at 9:30 a.m.
New team scoring system
Athletes who finished in seventh or eighth place have an opportunity to earn points for their team this year.
With a new scoring system in place at the Class 2A-A track state meet, runners who finished seventh or eighth earned team points, which were only awarded to the top-six finishers in previous years. Although they didn’t receive a medal, the extra points could be enough to catapult a team ahead for a championship.
The first-place runner continues to garner 10 points, second place earning eight and third adding six to the team total. From fourth place down, runners earned one points less than the previous finishing position.
A fourth-place finish earned five team points, fifth earned four and so on.