2 chips were used...she lost both of them.
While I still think that's a tough way to get dq'd, it's a little harder to defend. It's going to be another responsibility that falls on the coach - as part of uniform check, make sure all chips are securely fastened.[/quote]
She had the chips attached to her shoes before the start. Each chip had a tiny, thread-like zip tie.
This was the first time they tried chip timing for the state meet in Alaska and there were no rules that said the chip was the only timing device. In addition the officials did not notify the coaches of the DQ. They only found out during the awards ceremony, when it was too late. The appeal was turned down because the officials were too embarassed to change things after the awards had been given out.
This is an obvious case of letting technology take over common sense. She was clearly 3rd place. Alaska high school sports are run by a bunch of neolithic baboons with doo for brains. It's that simple.