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RE: HS State Championship decided by first timing chip to cross. Is this normal?
A couple years ago, NFHS made an allowance for scoring an xc meet based on chips. At the time, two chips had to be issued so you couldn't lose by having the "bare" foot cross first. If a girl was dq'd, it sounds like only one chip was issued. This would violate NFHS but I learned a long time ago, athletes have to follow rules, officials don't. I believe NTN/NXN scores this way which is why a team (Hilton?)that placed second or third was completely missed a few years ago because their chips weren't registering. I really don't know what is wrong with lining people up as they come through the chute. If nothing else, having a chute helps prevent that NCAA pre nationals debacle from a few years ago where chips were used and no chute so the women in the race decided to lie down immediately after crossing the finish line. Kind of takes away the drama of the lean at the finish and dqing someone for a missing chip is deplorable.

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