As one of the most progressive states for track and field in the country, New York is once again looking to improve upon their state meet format, more specifically in the qualification process. New York already does many things right, with the inclusion of events like the steeplechase and the racewalk, as well as being one of the only states in the country to have a singular state meet, that includes all classes and Federations in a singular location. Now, they are looking to add a "super-standard" to the spring state meet, to open up a pathway to deserving athletes.
The proposal, which was recommended by a vote of 22-0 in favor by the Spring Track Committee, will now be an action item at the upcoming Central Committee Meeting of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association beginning next Tuesday in Lake Placid. It will then come to a vote by "four voting members from each of the 11 Sections," as outlined in a blog by the New York Sports Writers Association.
Recent changes regarding track have been the addition of the weight throw for indoor track, as well as the even more recent addition of an at-large possibility for relays indoors too. This proposal would be another step towards inclusion of deserving athletes to the outdoor state meet.
You can read the Proposal below:
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The relevant precedent comes from the following portion of the NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIP PHILOSOPHY, GUIDELINES and PROCESS