By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden and Editor Ron Knapp
The 74th Annual New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championship is slated for Saturday, June 8, 2019 hosted by Thornton Academy at the Dr. Paul S. Hill Stadium located at 438 Main Street, Saco, Maine.
New England athletes who have qualified from their recent state championship meets will compete in eighteen events for All-New England honors awarded to finishers in first through sixth place.
Directions to the Meet: From North or South take Maine Turnpike (interstate 95) to exit 36, Saco. Go through plaza to exit 2A, Saco Downtown. Turn right onto route 1 South. Go 1/4 of a mile and the stadium will be on the right. Parking for buses will be in lot adjacent to the gym. To get to the gym, go past the stadium onto Fairfield Street. Spectator parking will be at the end of the street.
Athlete Registration begins at 8:30 am and remains open until noon. Registration will be in the foyer of the William Linnell Gymnasium.
Spectator Admission is $10.00 for everyone at the spectator entrance, which will open at 8:30 am. Note: Only team members listed on the entry submission (no relay alternates) and two coaches per gender will be allowed entry wristbands. All other members/coaches (including junior varsity members) will be required to proceed to the spectator entrance and pay admission.)
Facilities at Thornton Academy: Concessions will be available. Stadium restrooms and port-a-johns will be found in various places throughout the facility. NO locker rooms available. Team Tents: Please do not set up any tents in the stands. Please keep tents away from the fence along the track for spectators.
The latest Performance lists for Boys and Girls events are available at Outdoor Track Performance Lists on the Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals' Associations website.
Order of Events
Field event will begin at 10:00 am.
· Long Jump: 2 pits – Boys and Girls at the same time (10:00 am) followed by the Triple Jump
· Pole Vault: 1 pit – Girls followed by Boys
· High Jump: Girls followed by Boys
· Shot Put: Boys followed by Girls
· Discus: Girls followed by Boys
· Javelin: Girls followed by Boys
Running events will begin at 10:30 am. (Boys first except 100m/110m hurdles finals.) Fastest sections will be run last.
· Finals 4x800m Relay
· Trials 110m/100m Hurdles - on time 8 to final
· Trials 100m Dash - on time 8 to final
· Final 110m/100m Hurdles
· Final 100m Dash
· Finals 1600m Run
· Finals 4x100m Relay
· Finals 400m Dash
· Finals 300m Hurdles
· Finals 800m Run
· Finals 200m Dash
· Finals 3200m Run
· Finals 4x400m Relay
Awards: Plaques will be awarded for first place and medals will be awarded for second through sixth place in all events. An awards ceremony will take place on the infield shortly after the event is concluded. Please have your athletes ready to report to the awards area.
Track Competitor Notes:
· Check in Running: Athletes checking in for running events must report to the clerk of the meet TWO FULL EVENT PRIOR to their event. Check-in will be on the infield behind the finish line tent. You must check in on time or you will be eliminated from the event. Athletes must stay in the clerking area until they are brought to the start by the clerk
· In the 100/110 m High Hurdles and 100m Dash, the top 8 times will advance to the final.
· Spikes 1/8” or less may be used. Only athletes being clerked for the running races will be allowed in the infield. Blocks will be provided, but you are encouraged to use your own field event implements.
Field Competitor Notes:
· All athletes should check in at the event site. All field events will be arranged so that those with the best qualifying performances will compete in later flights.
· Checking Out: Athletes leaving from a field event for a running event must check out with the official of the event. Athletes should not check out earlier than necessary.
· The javelin runway is grass.
· The top 9 will advance to the final in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin.
· In the horizontal jumps, all athletes are strongly urged to get a mark BEFORE the event begins. A fair warm-up will be allowed between flights expecting you to have a mark with which to start.
· In the throwing events, a warm-up will be allowed between flights, but it will be controlled.
Pole Vault: The opening height in the girls Pole Vault will be 9’0” and boys Pole Vault will be 12’6” both will go up 9 inches after the opening height and then go up 6 inches at time (see below). An area will be provided for a designated coach for the pole vault.
High Jump: The opening height in the girls High Jump will be 5’0” and boys High Jump will be 6’0”. Both will go up 3 inches after the opening height and then go up 2 inches at a time (see below). The “5 alive” format will be used.
Starting and successive heights of the crossbar:
· Girls HJ 5-00 5-03 5-05 5-07 5-09 5-11 6-01 then by 0-01
· Girls PV 9-00 9-09 10-03 10-9 11-03 11-09 12-03 then by 0-06
· Boys HJ 6-00 6-03 6-05 6-07 6-09 6-11 7-01 then by 0-01
· Boys PV 12-06 13-03 13-09 14-03 14-09 15-03 15-09 then by 0-06