I have covered many high school track meets so far this season, but last night’s Indiana Crossroads Conference coed track meet was the first one to take place in spring-like weather under sunny skies.
It was quite a change from my first two meets: a pair of indoor meets on the campus of the University of Indianapolis at their indoor facility as winter kept the Indianapolis area in its grip.
I think of track meets as organized chaos. Thankfully, the ICC meet was one of the easier ones for me since I was there to cover just one school: Monrovia. Previous meets have had me covering as many as three schools in one meet.
Around here, covering one school means covering two teams—the boys’ squad and the girls’ squad. So covering six schools is the equivalent of covering six teams. Six coaches to interview. Potentially two stories to write (one for each paper). And with track and field events occurring simultaneously, there is no shortage of activity to try and keep track of. (No pun intended.)
The key to managing a track meet is a heat sheet. This document lists which athlete will be competing in the various event. For the running events, it provides the lane or bib number of the athlete as well. This allows me to scope out when and where I need to be to photograph the athletes from my schools prior to the start of each event.
Thankfully most of the events I have covered this season have had heat sheets. The one that did not made things considerably harder to cover photographically. Just another challenge to be overcome in the field.
Be sure to pick up a copy of today’s Martinsville Reporter-Times or Saturday’s Mooresville-Decatur Times for my full coverage of Monrovia’s performance at the ICC track meet.