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RE: HS State Championship decided by first timing chip to cross. Is this normal?
The NCAA uses chip timing at the championships. However, they also use a finishlynx camera to get the close calls.

The system works great if runners are coming in a couple of seconds apart from each other as 80-90% of runners do. The chip timing is completely adequate for this type of situation.

The camera is needed for those "Leans" and other close calls. Combining the two systems is the best way to time a race.

If Alaska did not use both systems and/or DQ'd an athlete for it falling off, then they are idiots and not qualified to host a elementary fun run!

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