KEEPING TRACK - Ten reasons to love the Ohio State High School Track and Field Championships. (In no particular order)

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KEEPING TRACK - Ten reasons to love the Ohio State High School Track and Field Championships. (In no particular order)

Written by Rod O'Donnell on 31 May 2018.

  1. Jesse Owens Stadium: It is not The Horseshoe, that historical venue where the meet was held for many years, but it is a first-class facility that honors one of America’s track icons. The former Cleveland and Ohio State legend defied the evil Adolf Hitler and won multiple medals at the Berlin games in 1936.
  2. The efficiency of the meet(s) and the fan-friendly format featuring Divisions 1, 2, and 3 in their own dedicated and separate meets on Saturday. All this for one admission ticket.
  4. The cooperation between the OHSAA, OATCCC, and Ohio State University that allows the athletes to compete in an environment where their only  concern is to perform to the best of their ability.
  6. The athletes who begin conditioning and competing many months before these Championships, and who, many times, achieve lifetime-best performances, regardless of where they place. They each carry memories of this experience for the rest of their lives.
  8. The coaches who are among the best in the country. These men and women do a tremendous job preparing their athletes to reach this pinnacle, despite uphill battles against finances, support, weather, and many other obstacles.
  10. The officials, many of whom volunteer their time to make sure the rules are followed and that the athletes are treated fairly. No meet anywhere could be held without officials, and they are underappreciated.
  12. Parents and guardians who have supported their children and who have attended long, poorly-run meets in frigid temperatures, who have fixed late-night dinners, and who have made sacrifices – they are rewarded with an exciting and first-class meet.
  14. Fans from very small to very large schools who attend to give support to track athletes. This is especially true for Division III schools, where (it seems) entire towns show up to cheer for their athletes and teams.
  16. The announcers who keep the spectators informed about individual and team results. This information, combined with the giant video and scoreboard, provides up-to-date results that are missing in many meets.
  18. The two days that our great sport is in the spotlight, where one of the most positive atmospheres in our lives exists. This time is precious and should never be taken for granted. The meet is best described by the quote on the back of a t-shirt: “Our sport is too good for this world.”

Enjoy these two wonderful days, and always respect the “Mother of All Sports.”

Yours in track,
Rod O’Donnell
This year's Championships will be held June 3rd and June 4th -

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KEEPING TRACK - Football and Track Athletes -
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Student Athlete’s Questions -
The Need to Speak Up -
A new book by John McDonnell -
KEEPING TRACK - From September-October 2013 print RUNOHIO -
Random Thoughts -
Another Division I institution has dropped its men’s track program -
 Ohio University Athletic Department's Worst Decision -
Life Lessons from Cross Country -
Ten Pledges for Cross Country Coaches -
London Olympics -
 Improving as a Coach –
You Only Go Around Once -
Dear Jesse Owens –
West Virginia State Cross Country Championship –
SPIRE Institute -
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