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Newton's Third

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The 330 yard low hurdles have been in Ohio...just not at the state meet.
OK, this is what prompted my question. If they changed the 330 yard hurdles to 300 meters, why didn't they change 100 yards to 100 meters at the same time? Why just 100 and 300 hurdles to metric when everything else remained imperial?
 

JAVMAN83

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OK, this is what prompted my question. If they changed the 330 yard hurdles to 300 meters, why didn't they change 100 yards to 100 meters at the same time? Why just 100 and 300 hurdles to metric when everything else remained imperial?
They didn't change from the 330 yd to the 300 meter hurdles. They went directly from the 180 yd to the 300 meter lows. The 330s were only at invitationals and such.

Regarding the 2nd question, why just the change to the 100mLH (girls) & 300m LH (boys) to metric in 1978 & not the others at the same time? I believe this would go to what was happening in HS track & field during the mid-late 1970s in America. Everyone knew the conversion to metric was coming, but you have to remember that almost every HS & college at that time had all their facilities built to 440 yards, not metric. Given that the 400 meters is about 8 feet shy of 440 yards, the changeover would take place gradually over a decade for most schools as it would require a complete rework of existing facilities. The impetus in Ohio for the State meet going metric came with OSU's conversion in 1980. However, OHSAA decided that they could make a small leap forward in 1978 when they knew they were changing from the 180 lows to the 300 lows (boys) & the 80 lows to the 100 lows for the girls. Those events didn't require a rework of the track itself, just new hurdle markings. Regarding the short 100 yard dash converting to the 100 meters, that is an extra 28' 1" of additional straightway and would've taken up a good portion of the then existing bullpen at the top of the front straightaway. I think that is why they didn't do it for the the short dash in 1978.

Hope that explanation helps.
 

Newton's Third

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Thanks. I was aware of most of what you described but getting a thorough explanation helped me refresh it all. I appreciate you taking the time to spell things out for me.
 

Lancermania

Lancers lead the way!
In the 1978 meet results, Darin Hill is listed as having the AAA State meet record in the 300 meters low hurdles at 35.7
 

Lancermania

Lancers lead the way!
300 Meter Low Hurdles (30") (1978-1985)
300 Meter IH (36") (1986-present)
I believe this is incorrect. The 300 IH didn't start until 1987 not 1986. I base this on the following: The state meet program shows 30" for the hurdles height in 1986 and 36" in 1987. Also look at the times from 1986 and 1987. They back up the height of the hurdles changing in 1987 not 1986. As such, Darin Hill's record of 35.7 was retired in 1986 which was the last year for 30" hurdles.[/QUOTE]
 
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JAVMAN83

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I believe this is incorrect. The 300 IH didn't start until 1987 not 1986. I base this on the following: The state meet program shows 30" for the hurdles height in 1986 and 36" in 1987. Also look at the times from 1986 and 1987. They back up the height of the hurdles changing in 1987 not 1986. As such, Darin Hill's record of 35.7 was retired in 1986 which was the last year for 30" hurdles.
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You are correct on the 1987...my mistake. I've corrected the mistake.

T&F News, though, does have Hill at 35.6 for 1978 best.
 
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Lancermania

Lancers lead the way!
You are correct on the 1987...my mistake. I've corrected the mistake.

T&F News, though, does have Hill at 35.6 for 1978 best.
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Hill is listed in the state meet program as running that time at the Dayton regional. i was only saying that was his state meet record time.
 
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