The Stanford Invitational will take place this weekend with some of the top individuals and teams in Northern California. Unfortunately, some of the best individuals and teams will not be competing because their coaches entered honest times for them. Nevermind the fact that according to the Stanford Invite high school info, the top 36 teams will be accepted and yet you have 40 boys 400m. relay teams, 48 boys 1600m. relay teams and only 32 4 x 800m. teams and 34 DMR teams. I know for sure there are some teams that somehow didn't qualify for the distance relay events. That is an issue for another time.
Back to my original intent of this post. This past Friday, Los Gatos HS hosted the 35th annual CCS F/S Top 8 meet. I entered all my athletes with their season PRs. One of my runners ended up being the first alternate in the 1600m. with his actual PR. Looking at the results now, there were 12 boys who ran slower than his entry time. He did make it into the meet along with other alternates but why was he an alternate in the first place? It's very clear in the instructions that only electronic times are accepted and somehow there were 12 athletes with .00 1600m. times entered. I understand that most of those athletes should be in the meet but some of them do not belong which leaves some athletes out of the meet unfairly. There are plenty of sites out there (milesplit, lynbrooksports. athletic.net, dyestatcal, prepcaltrack etc) that have the lists of personal records of every competitor. Can we now start confirming some of these entry times/marks? We are at a time and age when this can be done without too much extra time being added to the meet director's workload.
Of course on the other end of the spectrum is the times entered by some coaches at meets like the Dan Gabor and the Dublin Distance Fiesta. At those meets, some coaches undersell their athlete's marks in order for them to "win" a T-Shirt. It's pretty evident who the biggest culprits are as their runners end up winning the most T-Shirts. Perhaps if all coaches could be honest, we could have fair competition and the deserving athletes are the ones that end up at the top of their heats.
I am sure my opinion is shared by others but feel free to note any inaccuracies or if you disagree with me. Comments? Thoughts?