Here’s a good Monday question for you: What do you consider the most difficult high-school track and field event?
Obviously, it takes great stamina to run the 3,200 and 1,600. The big races take some stragegy, too. Do you go out fast? Let someone else be the “rabbit” and hope you’ve got the best kick?
The 800 is grueling, too, but I think the 400 might be the toughest race from a pure start-to-finish standpoint. It’s a sprint from the opening gun. It’s agonizing to watch some of these runners come around that final and sort of “hit the wall,” almost staggering to the tape.
Of course, the hurdles take a great deal of technique. Being vertically challenged (5-foot-2 and shrinking), that event nevery particularly appealed to me in terms of running them. But to this day I love watching those races. The top hurdlers make it look so effortless. I was spoiled the last four years watching Devin Brooks from Holy Names. Man, can that girl hurdle!
What about the field events? The triple jump intrigues me. Obviously it’s a lot more complicated than the pure long jump. And of course you just don’t go out and pole vault without plenty of instruction (and, in my book, a helmet!).
There’s plenty of technique required for the shot put, discus and javelin, too.
So, let’s hear your thoughts. Which are the most difficult events? And which are the most fun to watch?