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These coaches are idiots
May 12, 2010 - Mike Mathison
I have been a track and field fan since age 9 when I ran for the Boys Club team in El Cajon, Ca. Some 40 years later, I still enjoy watching kids race their hearts out and then spill their guts after a race.
I love watching relay teams get after it and the anchor leg running someone down.
The one thing I really hate about track and field is the fashion police. I have yet to figure out why the 4x4 relay team gets DQ'd because the third runner has on a while Under Armour shirt while the other three have on black. It has nothing to do with their performance.
I also cannot figure out why a simple piece of jewelry really matters. Well, if you call this jewelry.
A South Pasadena High School girl pole vaulter was recently disqualified because she was wearing a friendship bracelet (made out of string) when she cleared 7-foot-6 to win the Rio Hondo League championship against Monrovia High School.
According to reports, after she cleared the bar, the opposing coach called her on a technicality -- you can't wear jewelry during a track and field meet.
"This is my 30th year coaching track," Monrovia coach Mike Knowles said. "I know a lot of rules and regulations."
Section 3, Article 3 of the National Federation of State High School Associations -- is clear: "Jewelry shall not be worn by contestants."
Breaking the rule results in disqualification from the event.
"I said, 'Coach (Knowles), you really want it to come down to this?' " South Pasadena coach P.J. Hernandez said.
When Laird found out she had been disuqalified because of her string bracelet, she cried.
"It wasn't so much that I had been disqualified, personally," Laird said. "It was that I had just lost the league championship that my coaches and teammates had worked so hard for ... I had just lost it with this little piece of string on my wrist."
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