COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association will sponsor a junior high state track and field championship this spring, according to a press release issued by the OHSAA on Wednesday.
The event, which will take place on May 13 in Lancaster has been discussed for several years by the OHSAA’s Middle School Committee, was officially approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors at its October meeting.
Qualifying standards and state qualifiers will be coordinated through an online process on baumspage.com, with the one-day state championships set for Lancaster High School.
Any running event time must be obtained at a regular-season meet using fully automated timing, Field events must be certified by an OHSAA licensed official.
The top 16 performers in each event will qualify for the state championships. If a top 16 qualifier cannot attend, the next student-athlete on the performance list will be invited until 16 qualifiers are confirmed.
The 7th and 8th grade track and field state championships will become the second event the OHSAA has introduced for middle school students. The OHSAA Middle School Cross Country Invitational in October has been held for the last four years.
The online qualifying process will be very similar to the one used for seated athletes who qualify for the OHSAA track and field state championships.
The OHSAA will bill a $10 entry fee per student-athlete per event.
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