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Old 07-10-18, 10:54 AM
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How did the "at large" qualifiers effect the state meet?

Now that the State Meet is a month behind us, most have had time to reflect on the effects of the two "at large" qualifiers in the running events. With a quick glance, only a few of these made a major impact on any events, and it was all positive from what I can tell. It appears that it was a successs for all the kids who earned those spots (they extended their season) and did not negativley effect any events. They seldom got the last place and I did not see any instances where the 2 "at large" qualifiers got the last two places in an event. Other things to consider: 1. the meet had more attendence so that means more t-shirt and concessions sales.
2. a few more schools were represented - I saw couple where the "at-large" qualifier was the only one from that school. that is good for the sport and those kids/school.
3. distance races where scratches took place, still had competitve fields through 8 places or more.
4. no event was "watered down" - in fact, many events were more competitive.

Now, if we continue with this, Ohio needs to do it for the field events for 2019. IMO it would be MORE beneficial for the field events and, no "at large" qulifier could disrupt (interference, change the tactacts) field events like they could on the track.
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Old 07-10-18, 09:42 PM
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From the time qualifiers thread on page 2:

Just to put a nice bow around this topic for this year, I've begun to examine the impact the at-large qualifiers had on this year's state meet both from a financial and competitive standpoint.

Division I Boys
Number of at-large qualifiers who would not have competed at state otherwise (includes relay members): 28

Number of at-large individuals or relays that scored: 6
Highest at-large placing: Tim Rumas, Big Walnut, 100m dash, 3rd place

At-large berths by region:
Austintown 5, Amherst 7, Pickerington 11, Huber Hts. 1

Division I Girls
Number of at-large qualifiers who would not have competed at state otherwise (includes relay members): 21

Number of at-large individuals or relays that scored: 3
Highest at-large placing: Thomas Worthington, 4x800, 5th place and Shaker Hts, 4x100, 5th place

At-large berths by region:
Austintown 7, Amherst 3, Pickerington 10, Huber Hts. 4

Division II Boys
Number of at-large qualifiers who would not have competed at state otherwise (includes relay members): 27

Number of at-large individuals or relays that scored: 6
Highest at-large placing: Clark Montessori, 4x400, 6th place

At-large berths by region:
Austintown 6, Lexington 10, Muskingum 1, Piqua 7

Division II Girls
Number of at-large qualifiers who would not have competed at state otherwise (includes relay members): 29

Number of at-large individuals or relays that scored: 5
Highest at-large placing: Dyamond Myers, Akron Buchtel, 200m dash, 4th place

At-large berths by region:
Austintown 15, Lexington 4, Muskingum 1, Piqua 4

Division III Boys
Number of at-large qualifiers who would not have competed at state otherwise (includes relay members): 33

Number of at-large individuals or relays that scored: 3
Highest at-large placing: Drew Roberts, Ashland Mapleton, 1600m run, 7th place and fellow Ashland Countians Jeromesville Hillsdale, 4x100, 7th place

At-large berths by region:
Massillon Perry 8, Tiffin 7, Lancaster Fairfield Union 3, Troy 6

Division III Girls
Number of at-large qualifiers who would not have competed at state otherwise (includes relay members): 17

Number of at-large individuals or relays that scored: 2
Highest at-large placing: Minster, 4x100, 4th place

At-large berths by region:
Massillon Perry 3, Tiffin 1, Lancaster Fairfield Union 6, Troy 14
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Old 07-12-18, 05:54 PM
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Impressive showing by some of the at-large athletes. This is especially nice if athletes come from a strong region where fifth place would have earned them a state bid in a weaker region. It should improve competition at the regional level because competitors will push for better times even though they know they may end up fifth. I like the way it worked out and it gives deserving athletes a chance to compete at the highest level. It is definitely a thrill to be there. Congratz to all who made it to state under the new qualifier rule!
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