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  • "don't despair!" say my friends...

    non-track friends, retired, currently doing the country in an RV. Got this text today:

    <<track & field is alive and well in mid-America!

    Today we drove through Abilene, KS on our way to Eisenhower Presidential Museum & Library, and apparently there is a state track/field meet upcoming.

    And we know this because we saw more than a dozen home-made signs ~~ every one handwritten on a white bedsheet ~~ cheering their favorite athlete(s) on to victory in the chosen event. Houses and businesses were equally represented.>>

  • #2
    Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

    So long as HS track remains popular, track ain't dead. As true today as it was 25 years ago, the Holy Grail for most HS distance boys is 1:50, 4:10 and/or 9:00. Certainly in California you get many who are capable of those marks, but here in New York, where these barriers are rare (compared to CA), a huge roar goes up when a guy comes close to or cracks one of these barriers, like Robby did last year indoors.

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    • #3
      Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

      Originally posted by CookyMonzta
      the Holy Grail for most HS distance boys is 1:50, 4:10 and/or 9:00. .....a huge roar goes up when a guy comes close to or cracks one of these barriers
      Seems like the 800 guys have to work a lot harder to get that cheer.

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      • #4
        Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

        Originally posted by Daisy
        Originally posted by CookyMonzta
        the Holy Grail for most HS distance boys is 1:50, 4:10 and/or 9:00. .....a huge roar goes up when a guy comes close to or cracks one of these barriers
        Seems like the 800 guys have to work a lot harder to get that cheer.
        :twisted:
        I thought maybe 1:50 was pushing it just a bit too hard. I suppose 1:52 is right up California's alley, no?

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        • #5
          Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

          A recent 800m race in a suburb of Vancouver saw 6 guys go under 2:00 with the winner running 1:51.....take that California!

          (the population of this semi rural area is roughly 200,000)


          Event 68 Boys 17-18 800 Meter Run Senior
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          Name Year School Finals
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          Finals
          1 960 Vugeteveen, Travis Unity Christ 1:51.50
          2 303 Neal, Keffri Fleetwood Pa 1:52.82
          3 555 Ellenwood, Stuart Langley Seco 1:55.31
          4 876 Paul-Morris, Adam Semiahmoo Se 1:57.55
          5 768 Bal, Gurjot PM Lions 1:58.04
          6 1114 Keane, Sean White Rock C 1:58.16
          7 632 Emerson, Jacob Maple Ridge 2:00.71
          8 1116 Kroeker, Cameron White Rock C 2:03.33

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          • #6
            Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

            Worth noting Outdoor Track is the #1 participation sport for girls(#3 for boys).
            There are no strings on me

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            • #7
              Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

              Even with all my Elite Mark Snobbery, HS track never fails to thrill me. It's raw and full of hope and promise. Watching a kid PR never gets old, and it happens all the time down here. Life is good.

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              • #8
                Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

                Americans seem biased towards power events, ie 100m LJ Shot Decathlon, the problem is attracting runners? not sprinters BTW

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                • #9
                  Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

                  Originally posted by leoesharkey
                  Americans seem biased towards power events, ie 100m LJ Shot Decathlon, the problem is attracting runners? not sprinters BTW
                  With the exception of the 100m, I disagree. My guess is that the most popular events at an average track meet in the U.S. would be the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters. Decathletes typically labor almost alone during morning sessions (I know, I go to morning sessions and trust me, there's no lack of leg room), the LJ is a difficult event to watch live and receives scant coverage on most broadcasts with perhaps only the two or three leading jumps shown on tape delay and while the SP perhaps receives a bit more attention than the LJ and Decathlon, it, too, receives very little TV coverage (a couple of the top throws and that's it). The African dominance has hurt interest in the longer events (3000SC, 5000 and 10,000) as well as the public's general short attention span. Even here in distance-crazy Eugene, the crowd tends to thin when those 10,000 meter races start unless it's a championship caliber meet.

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                  • #10
                    Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

                    I kinda get re-juvinated/re-invigorated when I work/attend a HS meet.. the performances are not always memorable but the enthusiasm is real and contagious...and they are usually busting a gut.

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                    • #11
                      Re: &quot;don't despair!&quot; say my friends...

                      I occaissionally listen to a station the broadcasts from rural farm country west of Toledo because it's about the only truly local station (not Cumulus or Clear Channel), so their play list is more varied. Their local HS sports coverage is fantastic, and they even spent some morning drive-time previewing the state high school cross country championships last fall. My brother always sends me stuff from the Lima News, which regularly covers Gray Horn's exploits in the SEC.

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                      • #12
                        California this weekend

                        Obviously California is a big state with large metro population, but here is what occured this past weekend at the divisional championships for the upcoming state finals in early June. The 9 listed represent the top 9 from the combined 4 divisions in the LA Metro region (called the Southern Section and is about 550 high schools)
                        It took running a 1:54.53 just to get into the top 9 and advance with a chance to make it to the state finals.

                        In this weeks section finals the top 5 automatically qualify and others can qualify if not in the top 9 but run faster than 1:55.02. Which means that the southern section is so strong it is harder to make the section finals that it is the state meet.

                        1 Krinik,;Sean 12 Valencia; 1:49.77
                        2 Dotson,.Greg 12 Burbank 1:50.42
                        3 Noble,.Ray 11 Valley;View 1:51.81
                        4 Andrews,.Myles 11 Poly,(long,Beach 1:51.89
                        5 Cobian,!Edgar 10 La:Sierra 1:52.77
                        7 Danielsen,,Ruben 12 Rancho:Verde 1:52.94
                        8 Demello,.Sam 12 Westlake 1:53.21
                        9 Kingsland,.Josh 11 Woodbridge 1:54.53

                        The following is the results of each division

                        D1
                        1 Dotson,.Greg 12 Burbank 1:50.42
                        2 Noble,.Ray 11 Valley;View 1:51.81
                        3 Andrews,.Myles 11 Poly,(long,Beach 1:51.89
                        4 Cobian,!Edgar 10 La:Sierra 1:52.77
                        5 Danielsen,,Ruben 12 Rancho:Verde 1:52.94
                        6 Molina,'Jesus 12 Dana:Hills 1:54.81
                        7 Guerin,!Cole 12 Dana!Hills 1:54.96
                        8 Wenberg,!Karl 11 Marina 1:55.63
                        9 Perez,'Alex 11 Anaheim 1:57.39

                        D2
                        1 Krinik,;Sean 12 Valencia;(p.) 1:49.77
                        2 Demello,.Sam 12 Westlake 1:53.21
                        3 Vega,!Adam 12 La;Serna 1:54.69
                        4 Hutchinson,,Immanuel 11 San,Jacinto 1:55.39
                        5 Lewis,'Anthony 12 Torrance 1:55.41
                        6 Cervantes,!Angelo 11 Savanna 1:55.48
                        7 Cook,;Brandon 12 Colony 1:55.98
                        8 Herbold,.Jake 11 Ventura 1:57.22
                        -- Grumney,,Sean 11 Newbury,Park DQ

                        D3
                        1 Kingsland,.Josh 11 Woodbridge 1:54.53
                        2 Fleming,;Derrick 12 Woodbridge 1:55.08
                        3 Reck,;Connor 11 Santa.Ynez 1:55.15
                        4 Guadagnini,.Frank 11 Servite 1:55.97
                        5 Conway,.Will 11 Notre.Dame.(s.o. 1:56.12
                        6 Stevens,.Cameron 11 Oak.Park 1:56.51
                        7 Trejo,;Arturo 12 St.!John!Bosco 1:57.46
                        8 Souza,'Zander 10 Paso!Robles 1:58.09
                        9 Stanton,;Conor 12 Servite 2:03.12

                        D4
                        1 Lantz,'Andrew 12 Webb 1:54.75
                        2 Olloqui,,Francisco 11 Serra 1:57.19
                        3 Fox,!Doug 12 Nordhoff 1:57.59
                        4 Brooks,'Jesse 12 Woodcrest,Chr. 1:58.63
                        5 Pigden,'Sean 12 Laguna:Beach 1:59.18
                        6 Shipe,'James 12 Morro:Bay 1:59.20
                        7 Shepard,'Taylor 12 New.Roads 1:59.47
                        8 Williams,!Seth 12 Serra 1:59.84
                        9 Mcfaul,,Brady 11 Maranatha 2:04.18

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