We’re pleased to invite you to participate in the 9th Seattle Academy Relays, held at West Seattle Stadium on Saturday, March 20th. We’re looking forward to hosting an early-season meet that’s both participatory and competitive. Hopefully the relay format allows your kids to “break the ice” with a fun team event. We’ve also tried to create a format that works for schools with smaller and larger squads. Having said that, we’ll also have some great performances; last season’s meet included more than 30 athletes who went on to win individual state championships at the State Meet. Please note that we will be charging admission for spectators this year. The fee will be $3 for adults and $2 for students/children.
In the Throws and Jumps, enter up to 6 athletes per gender. We’ll score your top 3 as your ‘A’ relay, and your next 3 as your ‘B’ relay. In the throws, athletes will receive two consecutive attempts, and we’ll only measure the longest. If there’s time, they’ll receive a third attempt, but judges will attempt to insure that all waiting athletes receive an opportunity to get their first two attempts in before opening it up to the field for a 3rd attempt. Please send in last season’s top marks for the field events – we’ll seed flights. The Jumpers will receive 3 attempts. We won’t have finals at this meet – the priority is to get as many kids through has possible.
Please limit all track relay entries to 2 per team, per relay event. Don’t worry about submitting names with your running relay entries – they’ll undoubtedly change at least once between when you send in the entry and meet day! However, please submit individual names for the steeple, 1600, 100, and 110/ 100 Hurdles. I’ll seed the open races, so please include last season’s PR when available.
Please limit your entries in the 100 and 1600 to 2 boys and 2 girls; you can enter up to 4 athletes per gender in the short hurdle race. For the open mile, we won’t be able to get times for all the competitors; we’ll try to get official times for the top 10 per gender, but you’ll want to get your own unofficial times for other competitors.
A separate Pole Vault Jamboree will be held Friday, March 19, at the Seattle Academy gym, with the competition starting at 4:15. There will be a rubber runway (approach), but spikes will not be allowed. Enter athletes on www.athletic.net. The Vault won’t be contested at the Saturday Relay Meet, but we’ll again hold the fan-favorite Open 1600 – coaches, parents, athletes, teachers, etc. are all invited to compete and participate. Our other traditional fun event is the pole vault relay: a 2x200, with the two runners sharing a pole and two lanes, and the handoff at the 4x200 exchange zone. We’ll help supply poles, or something like them at least…
We’ll try to fully staff this meet, so that you can focus on coaching your kids. However, many of the events will be staffed by USATF officials, so you could bring your own meet staff and get them some on the job training as helpers from some nationally recognized officials. We may ask for some help at the finish line, and we’ll also ask for help with the exchange zones.
The entry fee for the meet is $75 per high school team - the fee covers both Boys and Girls teams. Please let us know ASAP if you plan to attend. We will be doing all of our entries on athletic.net – contact me if you have questions about how to use the site. Please confirm your attendance by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org We need to have your entries in by Monday, March 15th, but you can email changes up until Friday morning (9:00 am), March 19th. We look forward to hearing from you.
Erin Aitchison, Seattle Academy