Why 1600m in high school?


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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:24 am

Daisy wrote:I think the tafnut dude had a screw loose, I'd have to take anything he says with a grain of salt.


Agree on that. The 1500 talk is now on the Past thread.
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby lonewolf » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:36 am

We can all conject ad infinitum but the bottom line is, there is no rational/reasonable/logical reason/excuse for running a 1500 meter race on a 400 meter track. IMO.
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:41 am

lonewolf wrote:We can all conject ad infinitum but the bottom line is, there is no rational/reasonable/logical reason/excuse for running a 1500 meter race on a 400 meter track. IMO.


You make it sound like some random event, like getting hit on the head by a meteorite.
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby kuha » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:47 am

Conor Dary wrote:
lonewolf wrote:We can all conject ad infinitum but the bottom line is, there is no rational/reasonable/logical reason/excuse for running a 1500 meter race on a 400 meter track. IMO.


You make it sound like some random event, like getting hit on the head by a meteorite.


Indeed! :lol:

Frankly, I've TRIED to lay out the most "logical" explanation for this abomination that I can think of.
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby Daisy » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:52 am

Now I'm confused, which "abomination" are you talking about, the 1600 or the 1500?
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby kuha » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:57 am

Daisy wrote:Now I'm confused, which "abomination" are you talking about, the 1600 or the 1500?


I'm just throwing grenades in all directions. So far, none have gone off...
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby lonewolf » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:00 am

Conor Dary wrote:
lonewolf wrote:We can all conject ad infinitum but the bottom line is, there is no rational/reasonable/logical reason/excuse for running a 1500 meter race on a 400 meter track. IMO.


You make it sound like some random event, like getting hit on the head by a meteorite.

No,no,no. The 1500m is not random. It is an evil, deliberate corruption of logical multiples of racing distance consistent with the dimensions of the track...and a threat to world peace. :)
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:03 am

lonewolf wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:
lonewolf wrote:We can all conject ad infinitum but the bottom line is, there is no rational/reasonable/logical reason/excuse for running a 1500 meter race on a 400 meter track. IMO.


You make it sound like some random event, like getting hit on the head by a meteorite.

No,no,no. The 1500m is not random. It is an evil, deliberate corruption of logical multiples of racing distance consistent with the dimensions of the track...and a threat to world peace. :)


So it really is Obama's fault. :lol:
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby lonewolf » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:05 am

I am getting confused fighting this battle on two fronts simultaneously, :(
But, I am giving Obama a pass on this one. :)
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Re: Why 1600m in high school?

Postby BBTM media » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:53 am

When tracks went metric in the late 1970s and early 1980s here, state federations across the country, except Massachusetts (wisely kept the Mile/2 Mile) and a few states who went to the 1500m, took the easy way - four laps, same start and finish line = 1600 meters - "close enough" to a Mile.

What those state federation officials missed, and this was a BIG miss and has hurt the sport at the high school level, is the promotional and media value of the Mile, the most iconic event in the sport (thanks to Roger Bannister). NO American boy has dreamed of breaking 4 minutes for the 1600.

If you would like to see the Mile back at the HS level, join us and sign your state petition to replace the 1600 with the Mile.

http://bringbackthemile.com/home
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