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2013 IESA Class AA State Track and Field Meet This Weekend

For the 14th consecutive year, the EastSide Centre in East Peoria will host the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Class AA State Final Track and Field Meet. A total of 2,753 athletes will participate in the two-day meet this Friday and Saturday (May 17-18). East Peoria Central District #86 serves as the host school.

The IESA state series in boys track and field began in 1932 and the girls state series began in 1972. This will be the 82nd year for the boys and the 42nd year for girls. A total of 264 member schools entered the 2013 Class AA state series and 239 of those schools will be represented at this year's state meet. The sectional qualifying meets were held last Saturday, May 11. The following link will list all qualifiers:

http://www.iesa.org/activities/tr/qualifiers_State_AA.asp?Year=2013

There are 14 events in each of the four classes (7th grade girls; 7th grade boys; 8th grade girls; 8th grade boys). There will be a grand total of 56 events. Field event competition begins Friday at 12:00 noon. In the field events, the preliminaries and finals are conducted on the same day that the respective event is held. Some field events are held on Friday and some are held on Saturday. The running events get under way Friday at 1:15 p.m. with the preliminaries and semifinals of the hurdle event. The finals for the hurdle event are held on Saturday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. Only the hurdle event and the 100-meter dash are held with preliminaries and semifinals. In all other running events, timed finals is the format. The best times from all the heats or sections in a respective running event determine final places in that event.

Competition on Saturday begins at 9:00 a.m. with the finals of the hurdles and the 100-meter dash. Running events will run continuously throughout the day. Field events will also get started at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and will also continue throughout the day. The event is expected to conclude around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The complete time schedule for the weekend is available at the following link:

http://www.iesa.org/documents/activities/IESA-TR_Schedule.pdf

Results will be updated continuously throughout the weekend and all results should be available by 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening on the IESA home page www.iesa.org.

Single-session tickets will be on sale at the stadium each day. Tickets are priced at $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for students K-8 and seniors. Gates open to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Friday and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Gates for the competitors and teams will open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Parade of Athletes will take place on Friday at 11:15 a.m. and on Saturday the parade begins at 8:20 p.m. The parade is a chance for the competitors to walk the track with their team amidst applause, music, and cheers from coaches, parents, family, and fans. At the conclusion of the Parade of Champions, the Athlete Oath will be read by four athletes who will be competing in this year's meet. On Friday, Jazontae Howard from Bolingbrook Humphrey and Arriana Benjamin from Quincy will read the oath. In 2012, Howard took home first in the seventh grade boy's 100 meter dash while Benjamin struck gold in the girl's discus throw. On Saturday, Marquis Murray from Cahokia and Edoise Omoike from Lisle will read the athlete oath. A year ago, Murray placed first in both the boy's long jump as well as the 110 meter hurdles, in which the Cahokia native set a state record of 15.15. Omoike also took home duel titles in 2012, placing first in the both the girl's 100 and 200 meter dash.

All athletes who place 1-8 in their respective event will be recognized on the infield after the conclusion of their event. The time schedule has periods built into it for presentation of the medals to the individuals and relay team members.

Fans are encouraged to visit the FanZone icon on the IESA home page for information that spectators should know regarding the meet.

For more information, please contact IESA Assistant Executive Director and Track and Field Administrator Julie Cochran at julie@iesa.org.



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