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  • RMc
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    >Also, why should we insist on catering to a small group of events,
    >weather-wise?

    The majority of track and field events are NOT unduly
    >affected by warm, humid weather. Most, in fact, are helped by those
    >conditions.

    Eugene weather is way too unpredictable, San Diego has no
    >facility, and Sacramento is a dull, lifeless compromise.

    Why not somewhere
    >like Minneapolis? Chicago (lack of facility, though)? Madison (facility?)?

    The proportion of events affected is about equivalent to the other events. Certainly the 1500s on up are affected. That's 4 events--there's only 6 sprint events, including the relays. (And counting the 800 and 400 hurdles in the "inbetween" region.)

    If we were talking about Seattle (which is always gloomy in early June), the sprinters would be up in arms about the poor weather conditions! Why should the distance runners recieve fewer consideration? The fact is that distance runners are more stressed by adverse conditions than sprinters. Why do you think the 10k is NOT contested at Regionals? Especially with heats in the distance races, distance runners spend much more time in the heat and humidity than the sprinters.

    Sacramento is the appropriate compromise (or a California site in general) because it provides most of the warmth that sprinters want, and the low humidity and cool evenings that distance runners need. (Notice the distinction between "wants" and "needs.") BTW, I'm not arguing for the meet to be in the "best" location for distance running, but rather the one that best balances the conditions for all events.

    If you want really unpredictable weather, you would put the meet in the upper Midwest! I've seen snow on the ground in mid May in Michigan--not a common occurrence even in Eugene.

    Also, the meet should be in a mid-sized city to get the best media exposure. Omaha has made the most of the College World Series (there was story in today's Sacto Bee--probably wire service--about Omaha's relationship with the event.)

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  • gm
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    Also, why should we insist on catering to a small group of events, weather-wise?

    The majority of track and field events are NOT unduly affected by warm, humid weather. Most, in fact, are helped by those conditions.

    Eugene weather is way too unpredictable, San Diego has no facility, and Sacramento is a dull, lifeless compromise.

    Why not somewhere like Minneapolis? Chicago (lack of facility, though)? Madison (facility?)?

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  • GuessWho
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    Posted something similar on an earlier thread, but how can a sport absolutely crying for public attention best be served by a night meet on the West Coast? Seems like it should at least be in the Midwest, just to get the results and a little ink in papers east of the Mississippi.

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  • RAP
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    Have the sites for 2005 Regionals been announced?

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  • RMc
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    >Two valid choices only: Baton Rouge or Austin.

    The heat and humidity combination is horrendous for distance runners. Facing those conditions for several years in a row would only be disheartening for them. For sprinters, even Eugene is tolerable in most years. To be honest, Sacramento or San Diego would be the best compromise locations which have relatively consistent weather.

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  • Trackshark
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    Eugene already got the 2005 West Regional:

    http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/ ... .0615.html

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  • RAP
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    Two valid choices only: Baton Rouge or Austin.

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  • Vic Downs
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    Portland at 2.3M? The whole state of Oregon might hit that mark.

    Bring the meet to Eugene. Leave it there and enjoy!

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  • RMc
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    >I think the Sacramento hard charger is Alex Spanos, the owner of the SD
    >Chargers. He footed a lot of the bill for the upgrade to Hornet Stadium, which
    >resulted in 2 OT and an NCAA. Don't know if he is still involved.

    He's the deep pockets, but he has ambitions up and down the Central Valley. There's a group that pushes for a range of championship events that Spanos is not involved in, e.g., the NCAA B-Ball tourney and US Gymnastics champs.

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  • mike renfro
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    I think the Sacramento hard charger is Alex Spanos, the owner of the SD Chargers. He footed a lot of the bill for the upgrade to Hornet Stadium, which resulted in 2 OT and an NCAA. Don't know if he is still involved.

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  • tafnut
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    wish more cities had forward thinkers like that!

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  • RMc
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    >" The City "fathers" " (you sexist pig!)

    "parents" sounded too PC... ;^)

    usually translates into one
    >pushy guy at or near the top. Does Sacto have such a guy?

    No, it's pretty much a "groupthink". The former late mayor Joe Serna started it, but the others have picked it up.

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  • trackstar
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    >From the Sacto Bee
    >Saturday:

    http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/st ... 4026c.html\n>
    Bad-timing award
    Thunderstorms prompted the crowd at the NCAA Division I
    >Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be evacuated three times during
    >Wednesday's first day of competition in Austin, Texas.
    Will that be bad news
    >for Austin and good news for Sacramento?

    I would hope those storms would be good for Austin -- they were atypical (heat, not rain, is usually our problem), and the way UT officials handled the crisis I would think made them look very good. Past Wednesday, the rain really wasn't much of a factor, except for the stifling humidity.

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  • tafnut
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    " The City "fathers" " (you sexist pig!)

    usually translates into one pushy guy at or near the top. Does Sacto have such a guy?

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  • RMc
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    The local Sports Commission puts in the bid, not
    >the
    >university except as a conduit.

    sorry - I meant little in national
    >renown (no slam intended). Are no other bigger track areas interested? LA,
    >Eugene, Indy, etc. interested? Why is Sacto so motivated?

    The City "fathers" have big ambitions, and want Sacto to become like Indianapolis--a center for mid-sized sports championships.

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