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Bear of Bad News
RE: HS State Championship decided by first timing chip to cross. Is this normal?
Stupid. The chip should be an added convenience to help with timing, not a replacement for officials. The chip is there so that the hundreds of finishers who aren't too close to call can have their times and places registered automatically. You still need to have a human there to make the call when it's close.

For the same reason, the runner being DQed is ridiculous. The athlete's job is to run the race. The people at the finish line are responsible for recording places. If the people at the finish line want to make their own lives easier by using a chip system, fine. However, it is still their job to record places. The fact that a runner's chips fell off does not relieve them of their responsibility to record that runner's place.

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