MIAA moves state track and field meet to Monday

Friday June 1, 2012

The MIAA has pushed its All-States track and field meet from Saturday to a Monday afternoon start, due to expected inclement weather.

The meet, which will be held at Fitchburg State University, will begin at the same time -- 1:30 p.m. for the pole vault, 3 p.m. for all other field events, and 3:30 p.m. for running events -- that it would have started Saturday.

The decision to postpone was made Friday afternoon by MIAA Assistant Director/Track Liaison Dick Baker and All-State Tournament Director Charlie Butterfield. In an email to member school principals, athletic directors and coaches, Baker said, "Since the present weather maps show a 100 [percent] chance of rain/wind and thunderstorms for tomorrow, and only a 40 [percent] chance on Monday (rain only), we are hoping for the best."

The email also noted that a final determination for Monday's meet will be made by noon Sunday. Baker reiterated this in a phone interview with The Eagle.

"Safety is our No. 1 concern when you're running a track meet," he said. "It's not like you're holding an event with two schools. We have 215 schools participating in this track meet. That's why we had to make a decision now.

"I'll talk with Charlie again at 10 on Sunday and we'll make a decision by noon."

Should the meet be postponed again, Baker's email noted it will be held Tuesday.

Berkshire County high schools will send 13 individuals and four relay teams to states, including Western Mass. champions Dom Nda (Taconic boys, 100 meters), Scott Carpenter (Lenox boys, 3,200), Marisa Sprague (Wahconah girls, long jump) and Jenna Phelps (Mount Greylock girls, 400 hurdles). For more, read Saturday's Eagle.


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