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Sunday, May 13, 2018

In the world of high school sports the thrill of reaching state goes nearly unmatched with victory against the premier talent of Iowa being the only way to one-up the excitement.

One of the nice things about track and field is the sheer volume of participants at state.

Twenty-four entries into 19 events for both males and females for four different class sizes provides plenty of opportunity for athletes of all shapes and sizes from schools of all shapes and sizes.

Thereís a reason it takes three full days to run the thing.

Of course, that isnít to say itís easy to reach state. In fact, itís incredibly difficult. It just looks easy because Spencerís girls send a fleet of athletes every year. That isnít normal. Itís rare and special and should be appreciated.

Therefore, I ask, why is it such an impossible task to disseminate state qualifying track results every year?

Every meet all season long for schools of Spencerís size (and for many smaller schools) has results posted online by roughly 10 p.m. at the latest on a little site called Aspimeetz.com.

Then the state qualifying meet hits and results are treated like the access codes to Fort Knox. I know for a fact aspi is still used to register all the participants for the most important localized meets of the season, so why on earth is the same site not used to post results as soon as possible?

Amidst my quest to find another outlet with full results before my 11 p.m. deadline Thursday I found this tweet from Ross Thede, the sports guy in Marshalltown, ďNice to know the non-existent state-qualifying track results embargo still exists. #iahstrk.Ē

I appreciated that sarcasm-laden tweet for a couple reasons. One, sarcasm is a great friend of mine. Two, I was glad to see Iím not the only sports writer in the state willing to jump straight to conspiracy theories to explain things.

I will say the embargo likely does not exist, and I say that because I found online results to about three of the stateís district meets ó none of which were local. (Nevada even posted their results live which is an incredibly novel concept.)

However, something is definitely up. Thereís no way the most important meets shouldnít be trying to publish their results as soon as possible.

If I was either of the athletic unions, Iíd be pouncing on the opportunity to aggregate those results and get a whole bunch of page views from interested parents, coaches and yes, media members.

With all those participants in the sport, I find it hard to believe it wouldnít be the most trafficked day of the year on those websites.

Plus, sports guys like me could actually get results printed the night of the meet instead of looking like a jabroni with a bunch of photos and barely any solid information.

Even coaches canít get their hands on results at a reasonable time.

We live in 2018 in the most need-to-know-now, up-to-date society in history, and we canít get a PDF uploaded within an hour of the end of a track meet?

We can do better.