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Track: CHSAA keeps girls-only relay at state meet

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By Steve Smith

 AURORA – CHSAA's legislative council turned down a bid to get rid of the girls 800-meter sprint medley relay at ther state track-and-field meet.

Colorado is one of two states to offer the relay. A reason to get rid of the relay was the lack of a similar event at state for boys teams.

CHSAA's track and field committee chairman, Darryl Abeyta of Primero High School, said his committee "felt it was time to move on."

Mike Miller, athletic director at Cheyenne Wells High School, said a lack of an 800-meter sprint relay would harm programs that aren't as extensive as other schools.

"We don't have a boys pole-vault team. Some of our adjoining schools do," he said. "It gives kids a chance to compete. If you take that away, it'll be another event where kids won't have a chance to participate."

Chase McBride, the athletic director at Niwot High School, said the committee's discussion "lasted about 17 seconds" before the group thought it best to scrap the relay.

"It's not a college event. It's not an Olympic event," he said. "The committee's recommendation was unanimous."

"Eliminating opportunities for girls is not a good thing in any way, shape or form," said Denver Public Schools athletic director Karen Higel.

"Our girls numbers are not high (for track)," said Overland High School athletic director Ryan Knorr. "We qualified for state with limited numbers of female sprinter. Since then, our numbers have grown."