|From the good to the bad to the sad|
|Written by Jim Metcalfe|
|Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:43 PM|
I realize the decision was made in June.
I refer to the decision by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to add eight championship final events to the State Track and Field calendar.
No big deal, right? Except that these are events for wheelchair-bound competitors, those that have a permanent physical disability that is verified by a licensed physician.
They will have four events for boys and girls: 100/400/800 meters and the shot put.
It is the first sport governed by the OHSAA to allow this as part of the state tournament and joins about 11 others.
I like it.
I am interested to see how many competitors will end up giving it a try — especially the first year — and how much it will grow in the next few years.
My guess is that it will slowly build momentum and numbers. They will have to compete in the regular season like other athletes and final details are nearing completion.
I have the feeling that the fans that attend the State Track and Field Championships will take to it rather quickly.
Good move, OHSAA and Commissioner Daniel B. Ross.
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