OHSAA XC Preseason Meet

madman

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I had heard a rumour that the OHSAA XC Preseason Meet might become a night meet. Does anyone know if that's more than idle chatter?
 

CC Track Fan

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Well night races are becoming ever increasing popular the last few years can see them wanting to do that. But the fact they run races over 4 hours and it doesn't get dark until about 9:00 that time of year it doesn't seem possible.
 

madman

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I've thought the same thing, but Centerville used to have races start as early as 5:00 pm with the Championship races in the dark. This past year DI races moved from the middle of the afternoon to 9:00 am which meant staying overnight the night before or leaving at 4:30 in the morning. I've only been to the meet twice. It's certainly not a required part of the season, but I would like to know as soon as possible if it might mean another overnight trip.

I guess that means I need to know if they are going to move the schedule each year, also.
 

SOTT

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I've thought the same thing, but Centerville used to have races start as early as 5:00 pm with the Championship races in the dark. This past year DI races moved from the middle of the afternoon to 9:00 am which meant staying overnight the night before or leaving at 4:30 in the morning. I've only been to the meet twice. It's certainly not a required part of the season, but I would like to know as soon as possible if it might mean another overnight trip.

I guess that means I need to know if they are going to move the schedule each year, also.
Are you referring to the OHSAA Pre-season meet? The D1 races have been first thing in the morning for years now. The last few iterations have the girls D1 varsity race (first race) at 10:00 and before that they were at 9:00.
 

madman

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hmmm. I hadn't been to the meet since it's first year. I don't know why I had the impression that the DI races were mid-afternoon. I remember hearing about the heat during the 2021 races and may have assumed they were mid-afternoon, or I'm just getting old.

Anyway - any word on the possibility of them moving it to the evening next fall?
 

SOTT

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I haven't heard anything about it being a night meet, but I wouldn't necessarily be in the know anyways. Mike Chatfield could probably shed some light on it if he so chooses.
 

Finishtiming

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It is being discussed but nothing confirmed yet. Most of the areas are covered by light from stadium. Might have to be a 2 day event to have all the races be under the lights
 

XCFan98

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If they can make more money..... the OH$AA will do it. They have to pay for the 184 officials at the State XC and Track meets.
 
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SRI

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If they can make more money..... the OH$AA will do it. They have to pay for the 184 officials at the State XC and Track meet
I encourage you to become an official. We have seen a 20% decline over the past 10 years just on track and cross country. 44DDC496-F6A9-45A8-ABFC-23960B6451CD.jpeg
 
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