Weather washes out Meet of Champions

Weather washes out Meet of Champions

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Weather washes out Meet of Champions

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For the second straight year, weather and controversial decision-making wreaked havoc on the NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions.

Thursday’s meet was postponed to Friday after one event– the girls 400 hurdles — as a thunderstorm rolled through Old Bridge’s Lombardi Field. The meet will resume Friday at 5 p.m., a move that will prevent some athletes from returning due to conflicts with proms and graduation.

Although the storm lasted less than 30 minutes, NJSIAA assistant director Don Danser said radar indicated that more storms were due to hit the area throughout the night. However, shortly after he issued the ruling the sun came out and perfect spring weather ensued.

At last year’s meet, Danser allowed the boys 3200 meters to go off despite indications that a storm was about to hit, and then pulled the runners off the track with one lap left amid lightning strikes — as the leaders were on pace to threaten the national record. The race was re-run four days later but the leaders did not return in protest.

Friday’s start time was set at 5 p.m. because there is not enough parking at Carl Sandburg Middle School while school is in session. The school had a half-day on Thursday to accommodate the meet.

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