History will be made Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Pyeongtaek Municipal Sports Complex, when the three DODDS Korea track and field teams will hold the league’s historic first meet, Daegu, Seoul and host Osan American battling it out along with Yongsan High School of Seoul.
"Truly a momentous event," said Osan coach and meet host David Hemmer.
Since none of the three DODDS teams have an on-base facility, they’ve had to look locally for a venue that could host a track meet. A bit of negotiating by the school’s administrative support staff plus a 30,000 won ($27) fee paid by the school did the trick, Hemmer said.
The venue does not have hurdles, a jump or shot put pit nor a discus ring, so the meet will consist of just running events, the 100, 200, 400, 400 relay, 800, 1,500, 1,600 relay and 3,000.
It’s just one of two events on the DODDS Korea track schedule, but it’s a start, and it’s more competition than Korea athletes have had in past years, when the old Seoul Track Club had to compete in the Mike Petty Memorial and Kanto Invitational meets with little if any practice.
We’ll see what kind of noise these folks make come Saturday.