Ask Joe: Broken timer at high school track meet

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Updated: 5/23 10:27 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about some technical problems that surfaced during a recent high school track meet in Winnemucca.
Jonelle Elissa from Dayton wrote in asking how a high school division track meet can be held without a working time clock? She said when she questioned officials wearing NIAA shirts at the meet, they told her to write in to the "Ask Joe" segment for an answer.

Answer:
Joe talked to Donnie Nelson at the NIAA office in Reno. He said they did have some problems at the meet earlier this month at Lowry High School, but he points out putting on a high school track meet is not easy and problems do come up from time to time.
Nelson said they did have problems with the clock that didn't work properly, and as a result, they had to rely on volunteer observers to decide who came in what place in certain races. That took some time; in fact, some of the events were not sorted out until the next day, after many of the participants had already left town. As a result, some of those athletes did not have a chance to be recognized for their performances.
So, it was not an ideal situation, but again, Nelson said these meets are not easy to organize and put on. In the end, Nelson said while they did not have the exact times, all of the results did get recorded properly as far the order the athletes finished. It just took a little longer than usual.
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