Sweeping changes potentially made to IHSA T&F

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Sept. 14, 2015 @ 5:36 p.m. CST: Our president Mike Stokes has pointed out that nothing from the advisory committee is official until it is first approved first by the ADs, and then the IHSA board. We were told that the point about field event marks not being carried over from prelims to finals is “less than 50/50” to be approved, since it goes directly against NFHS rules.

The IHSA Track & Field Advisory Committee met last week and passed the most sweeping changes we have seen in years.

1.Nearly every qualifying mark for the State Meet has been changed for both Class A and Class AAA.  Class AA is still under review.
2. Semi Final races are eliminated at Sectional Meets.
3. All 3200 meter runs run be run sequentially at both the Sectional and State Meets.
4. Sectionals may be on Wednesday.
5. At the Sectional meets, all events will be scored to eight(8) places and medals will be awarded to the first eight (8) place winners in each individual and relay event. This would include the wheelchair division.
6. Preliminary marks in the horizontal jumps and throws will not carry over to the finals at the state meet. All field events at the state meet will start over in the finals except for seeding purposes. Three trials will be contested in prelims and three additional trials in the finals each.
7. Use the International starting line (waterfall starting line) during the IHSA state series for the 1600 and 3200 meter run.

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Comments 1

  1. Eliminating sectional prelims is a great move, and something that’s been pushed for quite a bit in recent years. Makes sense given the FAT requirement at sectionals.

    Scoring 8 places makes things a bit more interesting, but does it realistically give more teams a shot at winning a sectional? You tell me.

    I don’t think there’s any way that #6 happens. IHSA tried to eliminate prelim field event marks from carrying over several years ago and it was shot down by NFHS.

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