Attached you will find all information regarding the 2018 District IV Track and Field Championships.
District IV Chair
Cell: (607) 725-5747
District IV Meet Director
Cell: (607) 857-2686
Changes for 2018
Thursday's Start Time
The schedule has been altered this year to accommodate a growing problem of overlapping with AP Exams (which cannot move) and our district meet. The major change is that the first day of competition has been pushed back to a start time of 6:00 field and 6:30 track. This has caused a few other things to move around as well.
Qualifying - NEW!
Although not a change, all results must be entered into pa.milesplit like they were last year. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Qualifying for the 2018 District Meet will be based on a combination of an automatic qualifier and the ranking system adopted and maintained last year through pa.milesplit.
All events have an automatic qualifier meaning if an athlete ties or surpasses the time/mark they are guaranteed entry into the meet in that event and classification.
The remaining field (if any spots are left) in each event will be filled from the rankings list maintained on pa.milesplit. Ties will be taken for the 16th position in AAA and 24th position in AA.
Coaches are expected to view and address ranking information to their athletes about their rank within gender classifications across our district.
Example of Qualifying
Boys AA 100 Meter Dash - There are 24 available spots. 18 boys hit the qualifying time. Those 18 qualifiers will be the top 18 times ranked in District 4 as everything will be entered into pa.milesplit. 6 spots remain to fill the field of 24. Rankings 19-24 (and ties for 24th) would be entered into the meet to fill 24 of 24 spots.
Entering Athletes Beyond the 16 or 24 Spots
It happened on occasion last year that coaches did not think that their kid would make a field of competition so they did not enter them. (Example: Their athlete was ranked 25th or even 30th) After the entries were compiled, and they realized that their athlete could have gotten in because another coach decided not to enter their kid in an event which then caused the whole ranking field to move by chain reaction, we were then notified by the said coach begging for entry into the meet. They were allowed in and nobody was removed. However, the fix for this is simple for this year. Enter them if you think they stand a chance, and I will sort this out after the entries are pulled. Even if they are the 40th ranked kid, it won't hurt anything on our end of things.
This procedure is to guarantee we have the best athletes in each event and to also bring back a goal setting atmosphere for the athletes to gain entry into the meet.
Please use www.piaa.d4.net as your main source of information for the following:
- All of the above info
- Entry Method
- Thursday/Saturday Schedule
- Qualifying Marks
- Facility Information
- Contact Information
Milesplit will have the same info as above over the course of the opening weeks of practice.
Date and Locations
Class AA and AAA will meet at Williamsport Area High School on Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. A rain date of Friday, May 18th is in place if inclement weather should affect the set schedule.
Implement Inspection Times
All implement inspection will be done during one time window only on their respected days (Thursday's events will be weighed in on Thursday; Saturday's events will be weighed in on Saturday).
No implements will be inspected or be permitted to be used after the inspection period closes.
If athletes are arriving later for afternoon events, their implements must be inspected during the open window. No exceptions will be made.
For both classes weigh-ins will be from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in the field house at the north end of the stadium. Look for the signs.
Pole Vaulter Weigh-Ins
All pole vaulters will be weighed in prior to competition.
Weigh-ins will take place at the same location as the implement inspection.
Coaches need to bring their pole vault certification forms with them to the weigh-in.
PIAA has chosen to use pa.milesplit.com for District IV meet entries.
In order to maintain a verification of marks, please submit meet results to the pa.milesplit website throughout the season. This can be done by using the purchased software Hy-Tek meet management system or the free software available from pa.milesplit called Racetab.
Individual performances maintained on your team page within pa.milesplit will not work.
Qualifying - New for 2018!
Qualification for the 2018 District IV meet will be determined first by automatic qualifiers and then the remaining top 24 performances in the AA boys and girls classifications as reported and maintained by the pa.milesplit website.
Qualification for the 2018 District IV meet will be determined first by automatic qualifiers and then the remaining top 16 performances in the AAA boys and girls classifications as reported and maintained by the pa.milesplit website.
SPECIAL NOTE: All AAA schools may enter a relay team in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800 meter relays.
Eligible performances must be met in interscholastic competition. This includes dual meets, multi-team meets, and invitational meets.
No performances will be accepted from practices, scrimmages, previous years or any other meets not sanctioned by PIAA.
Any performance made after the District Entry Deadline will not be accepted. This deadline is Sunday, May 13th.
It is the coaches' responsibility to upload meet results from meets other than sanctioned invitationals. No time sent to myself will be acknowledged for rankings. It must go through pa.milesplit. No exceptions.
An automatic qualifier has been established this year.
Automatic Qualifying Marks can be found above.
Any athlete that ties or surpasses the automatic qualifier in their classification will be guaranteed entry into the 2018 District Meet.
The completion of the competitive field in each event per gender classification will then be filled from the rankings list from pa.milesplit.
EXAMPLE OF THE QUALIFIER: If 18 boys automatically qualify for the boys AA 100 meter dash, then the next top 6 times will be entered from the rankings list on pa.milesplit to fill the field of 24. This is how all events will be conducted except the AAA Relays. All AAA schools gain an entry in those events.
There will be no seed meeting. All entry will be done on-line, performance list, seeding and heat/lane assignments will be posted to the pa.milesplit website prior to the meet.
All entry will be done via pa.milesplit. Entries will open on March 19th, 2018 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th, 2018. Coaches can submit entries at any time after March 20th and are encouraged to do so.
No athletes can be added to the meet after the entry period closes for their classification.
No athlete can be entered in more than four (4) events coming into the meet and allowed to scratch out of extra events the day of the meet to gain an advantage.
Example: If an athlete is qualified in 6 different events, his or her four (4) committed events that they will compete in MUST be declared by the final declaration time. No athlete will be listed in more than (4) events in the meet program. No exceptions.
Coaches can make final declarations by editing entry marks on pa.milesplit or by contacting David Gabriel before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at: (607) 857-2686 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 events per athlete maximum, including relays.
3 athletes per school, per event maximum.
Coaches will be required to provide validation of times/distances if challenged.
1 ranked relay team per event, per school.
All NFHS rules, with Pennsylvania exceptions, will be enforced. This includes uniform regulations. Consult a registered PIAA official if you have any questions.
The meet will be contested on a track with eight (8) lanes.
All distances are in meters.
In the preliminaries of the 100m, 100h, and 110h. The fastest qualifier will be placed in lane 4 of the first heat. The next fastest in lane 4 of the second heat, etc. The pattern of lanes will be 4-5-3-6-2-7-1-8 in the 100, 100h, 110h. Advancement will be based on either time or place, depending on the number of heats.
Where the number of heats is equal to or less than the number of lanes being used (i.e. 8 in the 100m, 100h, 110h) the method of advancement will be on place then time. The 8 qualifiers will run in the final.
300IMs and 400m will be final races on time. The 8 fastest qualifiers will compete in the last heat. No heat will have fewer than 2 athletes.
The 400m relay will be run entirely in lanes, using the 4-5-3-6-2-7-1-8 pattern with the fastest qualifier in lane 4. No heat will be run with fewer than 2 teams.
The 800m, 1600m and 3200m will start from 2 alleys, and will run a one- turn stagger to the break-line by the 300m start. Runners will be seeded across the two alleys (for example, #1 will be inside, #2 outside, etc.). If more than 1 heat is required, the 12 fastest ranked competitors will run in the fast heat.
The first leg of the 1600m relay will be run as a 3 turn stagger, breaking at the 300m start. The fastest qualifier will be in lane 4. No heat will be run with fewer than 2 teams.
The 3200m relay will use two alleys. Fastest qualifier will be in position 1.
In the throwing and horizontal jumping events, the best qualifier will compete last in the trials.
In the finals, the order of competition will be in reverse order of the trials performances. 9 competitors (and ties for 9th) will advance from the trials to the finals.
In the pole vault and high jump, the "5 alive" procedure will be used, with the best qualifier listed last on the sheet.
All measurement in the field events will be in feet and inches.
8 places will be scored in boys and girls AA Classes for individual and relays. 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1
6 places for individuals and 5 places for relays will be scored in the AAA girls and boys Classifications. 10-8-6-4-2-1 in individual events, and 10-8-6-4-2 for relays. (Rule 2-2, page 10).
Medals will be awarded to the top 8 places in both boys and girls AA classifications.
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 places in both boys and girls AAA classifications.
Athletes will be excused for a maximum of 15 minutes to compete in another event. The athlete has 15 minutes from the time that they check out with the chief judge to present themselves for their next attempt. If they do not return in that time frame, the effort will be marked as a “pass”. Athletes will not be held in the paddock.
The order of finals in the field events may be altered within reason to accommodate athletes in other events.
All implements will be weighed and inspected prior to competition, and must be in compliance with NFHS specifications.
Weigh-ins and implement inspection for ALL throwing events will begin at the posted time on the time schedule. All implements to be used in competition are to be inspected during this period. No implements will be inspected after the weigh-in period closes.
Coaches are encouraged to only bring implements that will actually be used in competition. Inspecting and weighing extra implements slows the process and creates greater confusion.
Hurdles, Starting Blocks, Cross Bars
Meet management will provide all hurdles, starting blocks and crossbars. If you have special starting block requests (i.e. Moye block) contact David Gabriel, Meet Director, directly (email@example.com or (607) 857-2686). Rakes, brooms, shovels, etc. will be provided by Williamsport.
Per facility management, the maximum spike length is 1/8” PYRAMID. Find them and invest in them now. Athletes will not be permitted to wear any other size spikes than what is listed here. This goes for the track, the horizontal jumping runways, high jump areas, and javelin surfaces.
This will be strictly enforced and spikes will be inspected by officials prior to the event start.
Per facility management, no Easy-Up tents or tents with any protruding stakes will be allowed on the infield for any reason.
Circles are concrete; javelin approach is the same as the track surface; horizontal runways and high jump area are the same as the track surface.
Pole Vault Verification
Coaches are reminded to read and review the rules pertinent to pole and pole vaulter certification.
The meet referee, or his/her designee, will collect all pole vault certification sheets and inspect all poles prior to the beginning of any warm-ups. Coaches should bring their vaulter certification sheets with them the day of the meet.
Warm-Ups in the Field Events
Warm-ups in the field events will not be permitted until an adult official, event worker or coach is present at the event. Safety dictates that we provide adult supervision during all warm-up periods in all field events.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE HIGH JUMP: Only tape will be allowed for use as markers on the high jump apron. A maximum of two (2) pieces, per athlete will be allowed. Athletes may NOT put tape down prior to the warm period beginning, once the official arrives at the venue. All tape will be removed prior to the beginning of the warm-up period for the next event. Officials will ask all competitors to initial their tape marks when putting them down.
Results will be posted and updated Live on the Hy-Tek app and on the pa.milesplit website.
Complete final results will be posted to this website within 24 hours of the completion of the meet.