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Subject: RE: HEPS track and field--OUTDOOR 2012
Sound analysis, I think.
A little history: I believe that Ithaca College (one of the stops in my coaching career, 30+ years ago) was one of the first schools in the Northeast to adopt the early-start, early-finish calendar. From the standpoint of facilities management, reducing heating expenses, and so forth, it made a lot of sense to them. (And their students liked the early finish, because it gave them first crack at summer jobs and internships.)
With a handful of exceptions (NB: a few of the exceptions are Ivy League universities), most other Northeastern colleges have adopted some variety of early-start/early-finish. It's just completely changed collegiate spring-sports seasons--all sports, not just t&f. Now sports like baseball and softball (ignoring the fall component of their seasons) typically head to Southern climes, both between semesters and during Spring Break. They realistically have to, to get enough games in.
Track is not that different. I remember well, when I coached at IC, that one year our outdoor season started on April 16 (a contest that had been scheduled earlier was snowed out) and ended May 1--six meets in 16 days. Without indoor meets, none of the guys would have been in anything close to competitive shape by the time that last contest (our conference meet) rolled around. And we certainly could have benefited from some Southern warm-weather meets in March, such as the Ivies have scheduled.
The reality is that collegiate track--which used, legitimately, to be thought of as having two seasons--simply has one now, with part of that season contested indoors and part outside. The "no rest for the weary" bit is just a recognition of the reality for spring (collegiate) sports in the Northeast.
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