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Subject: RE: HEPS track and field--OUTDOOR 2012
"No rest for the weary" dept.--
Now that their long indoor season (eleven meet weekends, dating back to December) is over, I looked to see how much of a break the Columbia and Cornell athletes get before outdoor competition begins.
About five days, apparently: their first outdoor meet is on the 17th.
Wow. BITD there used to be a real break between indoor and outdoor. Of course, the fall semester also used to end around the last week of January, and the spring semester some time around the beginning of June.
[Anybody remember when Penn Relays marked the end of the *early*-season contests (mostly relay meets), to be followed by a month of dual/invitational meets, then the championship season?]
1) It's a little easier for me to see why, in general, college track doesn't get as many of the casual fans as it used to. Face it, for most of the college meets in the Northeast, the weather just *sucks*.
2) Though I find teams' competing with partial squads, typically at nonscoring meets, *intensely* annoying--and one of the forces propelling the demise of collegiate track and field programs, IMHO--it's a little easier for me to understand, when I realize that indoor/outdoor competition is scheduled for (at least in Cornell's case) 18-20 consecutive weekends; and I will no longer rant about partial squads (well, outdoors, anyway!).
[Yes, I do realize that many athletes on the teams don't participate in the early-season "foreign" (i.e. outside the Northeast) meets, and that a majority don't compete on the IC4A/NCAA weekends, either.
[Nevertheless, I can understand coaches' wanting to give the athletes who *do* compete in those championships, as well as the athletes who could benefit from a few weeks' emphasis just on conditioning, some time off in March.]
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