So, after a certain reporter had a little rant on Friday about theThursday DQ's at the State track and field meet in Tacoma, it turns out two Spokane 400 runners suffered the same fate. One was from Mt. Spokane, who was on the relay team that get zapped. So a senior, who is down to his swan song in high school, never gets a chance to run.
Now rules are rules, again. But by all accounts, not just from a grumpy reporter, there are just some trigger happy officials who want to show off their knowledge of the rules and they would rather add a notch to the handle of their flag than give an athlete the benefit of the doubt. I think the real problem is the Pac-10 meet only comes to Seattle every 10 years or so so these folks have nothing better to do.
One Westsider pointed out to me there was a pretty high-profile DQ in a past meet in Pasco ... which is true for those who remember Nichole Cochrane of Bellarmine Prep and Andrea Nelson of Shadle Park giving her the gold to make national headlines. The emphasis, though, is on one, not a rash year-in and year-out.
One relay team showed up at the meet today with matching T-shirts with a message on the back: State Champion Lane Team. Hopefully a judge saw it and got the point.
FYI, a red flag went up on an East Valley wheel chair athlete for being out of the proper lane. However, a check last night showed he was DQ'd. Then I heard this morning officials were searching for a CV wheelchair ahtlete who apparently scratched on Friday - scratch one event, scratch all. Fortunately that was cleared up. The girl competed yesterday, her time just went to the EV athlete, who really was DQ'd.
And to think, I was just thinking it was tacky there were only medals for first place in the wheel chair events, not 8 places (or the three or four needed). Granted, there isn't much competition, which could be considered good and bad, but it's pretty hard to encourage participation with that kind of attitude.