Friday, January 30, 2009

Hamline Elite-Meet Expands Format;
Relays, Kids', and Open Races Added

Hamline University's Elite-Meet, the late-April gathering of many of the top Minnesota high school track and field athletes in a single-class, all-finals competition, will expand in 2009.

The meet is slated to become a two-day event which will include a Saturday relay carnival and offer events for kids and open runners.

The meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, will commence in traditional fashion with a Friday night competition for the state's top individual athletes and relay teams. As before, the meet will admit only the fastest individual entrants into Friday's competition and contest only the relay events contested in MSHSL competition.

The new Saturday component of the meet will offer a wide spectrum of relay events including medleys, a shuttle hurdle relay, and field events contested in relay fashion. Entry into the relay events will still be based on performance, but Saturday's relay field sizes will be larger than those on Friday.

Saturday action will also feature an invitational 3000 meter event, co-sponsored by Twin Cities Marathon, Inc., for open runners and a St. Paul's Fastest Kid competition open to 5th and 6th-graders from St. Paul schools.

The Elite-Meet's official web-site can be found HERE.

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