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PIAA T&F State Championships 2016
Joined: Dec 2008
any video of the races from PIAA state championship?
Joined: May 2016
I don't know about video, but with regards to the meet itself, there is plenty that should be discussed. What once was the premier meet in the COUNTRY that other State organizations came to and looked to for good practices, efficiency and quality officiating, has become a circus, tents and all. For instance, the article about the electronic starting device: This was completely unfair to implement for the first time for most athletes( with the exception of Districts 1 and 3)at the STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS! It is unconscionable that Lopresti and Ellingsworth essentially made this decision( who are from D1 and D3 by the way), that affected every track athlete without any advance notice whatsoever. The system was being used for the first time by most of the 6 (yes, I said SIX) starters, many of whom had limited big meet experience to begin with( a whole other topic worthy of debate). Having to cart the speaker system around the stadium with the "microphone lackey" standing by to attend to the starters( not that one of them couldn't have done it, but then they would have missed their many breaks!) was a complete joke and only added to the time cost of the meet. Additionally, the system often emitted multiple beeps, with athletes hesitating and looking for a call-back for the race, but not one of the six starters willing to make the call. Add to that how the meet was slowed down by #1--having six starters who changed with every heat, a practice not seen AT ANY LEVEL; #2--the "need" to explain the "beep" system to every heat of the meet on Friday, resulting in a meet that was 45 minutes late. And then the meet was not just postponed, but then called off 3 minutes after the postponement for the few raindrops and "threat" of weather that never materialized. ( Obviously, someone in orange must have had dinner reservations!!!!) Yet for all the reasons stated for not using a starter's pistol, boy-oh-boy when there was a false start, all joined in to the shoot-em-up with happy trigger-fingers. All in all this was a bad decision, and an unfair one, that should have seen an evolution of use across the State before being used at the State Championships.
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