2013 Far East track meet qualifying standards released
Published: June 6, 2012
Let’s get right to it; here are the qualifying standards for next year’s Far East High School Track and Field Meet May 22-24 at Yokota High School:
100 – Boys, 11.5 seconds; girls 13.1 (new).
200 – Boys, 23.2; girls, 27.4.
400 – Boys, 52.9 (new); girls 1 minute, 4 seconds.
800 – Boys, 2:05 (new); girls, 2:34.
1,600 (new event) – Boys, 4:45; girls, 5:50.
3,200 (new event) – Boys, 10:35; girls, 13:06.
100 hurdles – 18.6 (new).
110 hurdles – 17.5.
300 hurdles – Boys, 43.1 (new); girls, 52.6 (new).
400 relay – Boys, 46.4; girls, 53.4.
1,600 relay – Boys, 3:40 (new); girls, 4:23.
3,200 relay – Boys, 9:20 (new); girls, 11:45 (new)>
Shot put – Boys, 38 feet, 8 inches (new); girls, 28.
Discus – Boys, 112; girls, 79 (new).
Long jump – Boys, 19; girls, 15 (new).
High jump – Boys, 5-9 (new); girls, 4-7.
Athletic.net will again be the gatekeeper for best times and distances; each meet director must post results the Monday after their events.
The 1,500 and 3,000 events have been removed from the program and replaced by the 1,600 and 3,200.
One may have noticed the absence of Robert D. Edgren High School from Far East, which has a track team but had no individuals qualify for any individual events. Partly to prevent that from happening again, to any team, not just Edgren's, the following will be discussed at September’s Far East Athletic Council meeting at Yokota:
-- All schools to be permitted to bring a minimum of four girls and four boys athletes. Of these, none are required to post qualifying times or distances.
-- All schools to be permitted to bring a maximum of 10 girls and 10 boys athletes. Every one above the minimum four and four must qualify according to postings at Athletic.net.
-- Athletes only need to qualify in one event to participate in four Far East events.
-- Those schools bringing the minimum four due to not qualifying on Athletic.net, each of those athletes can participate in four events.
-- For all athletes participating, of the four events three can be running and the other must be a field event, and vice versa.
None of the above proposals are unfair to anybody. Non-qualifiers wouldn't be stealing spots from qualifiers; most events save for the mile and two-mile feature preliminaries, at which each would have a fair shot at those last eight spots.
Just the last one is a problem; not every runner does a field event, nor does every thrower do running events.