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May 12, 2008 at 4:23 PM

“Free pass” in track?

Question of the day: Should injured athletes be “passed through” league meets to district?

I ask because it happened a couple of times at the South Puget Sound League 4A sub-district meet last week. League coaches voted to allow Ezra John Griffey, one of the top sprinters in the state, to sit out the 100 and 200 to give a leg injury more time to heal. He will run in the West Central 4A District meet this Friday and Saturday. Griffey pulled up lame last month in the Shoreline Invitational, but vows to be ready this weekend and believes he can make a run at a couple of state titles in Pasco the following weekend.

Puyallup’s Eric Morrison also got a pass in the 300 hurdles after getting hurt in the 110 high hurdles.

The SPSL has 10 district berths. But with the pass-throughs, only the top nine qualified in the 100, 200 and 300 hurdles based on their performances at the SPSL meet.

Is this a good policy? Or do you think injuried athletes should have to go through the normal qualifying process? Mind you, if Griffey or Morrison decide they aren’t ready to run at district, the alternate in each race would be allowed to compete. And there are no pass-throughs from district to state.

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