Here in Illinois, there was a guy named Tom Brooks who never made state in XC or track, but made the World Championships team in the steeple.
I don't think the guy ever made an NCAA Championships in XC or track either.
Brad ONeil-SR-Coe College wrote:
In Virginia we did things what I would could consider the "right" way:
There was a state standard for each event which would qualify you automatically. You could hit that mark any time during the season. You also qualified if you got top 6 at regionals, regardless of time. Regionals was similar, there was a (slower, obviously) time to get into that, or you could place top 6 at "districts" which were just 6-9 local schools thrown together. Everyone got to run at that meet, no qualifying or whatever.
I think having advancement by placing AND a qualifying time which you can run all throughout the season (not just at regionals or whatever) is the most fair way to do things.
Reading about that Texas mile with Steve Magness... a super fast state like Texas is just screaming for a time standard.
Also, in VA we said "states" ... and "soda" ... and "sub" ...
In Texas the top region winner qualifies for the state meet. they have eight regions and when they arrive in Austin they compete for the state title. You may have the fastest time during the year, but if you don't win the region meet you miss state.
A few years ago, bad weather ripped through the state screwing up the region meets. The fastest two miler in the state and his coach asked the region officials what time the 3200 was going to be ran. They were told a certain, so they left to relax and eat. The weather cleared and the region ran the 3200 without them. Coach and athlete petitioned the UIL to allow him to run at state due to the mix up. He was granted permission and 9 were in the finals. This young man went on to win and break the state record in the event.
I know many will disagree with me, but it is the best state meet in the country! There are between 30-40,000 people that attend the 2 day state meet. It is simply amazing!!!!
What STATES? wrote:
You're in one state. Why is it states? That sounds f-tarded.