Right now nearly everything about the Eastern Relays for 2021 is TBA, but we want coaches and athletes to be able to circle a date on their calendar. In the coming weeks we hope to give some updates and firm up the 2021 plan as both the KHSAA and our local district give their expectations for the spring season. We are hoping to make the meet "as normal as possible" while ensuring it is safe for all athletes, coaches, spectators, and officials. Below you can find the information we posted last year. That is the framework we will begin with before molding it into the allowable mold of state and district policies.
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Why do coaches and athletes love the Eastern Relays?
Why exceptional athletes & teams love Eastern Relays...
For many teams and athletes who are the best in their local community, region, or state it can be a challenge to find great competition to push them to be their best. Those exceptional teams and athletes love Eastern Relays because every year there are national class competitors and many of the best teams from OH, TN, IN, IL, MO, WV, and KY.
The great competition at Eastern Relays prepares these athletes and teams for the intense competition they will face at state and national championship meets!
Why really deep teams love Eastern Relays...
The qualifying system for Eastern Relays allows exceptionally deep teams (including NXN qualifying cross country programs) to race LOTS of their athletes. For some of the deepest and best teams in the area weekly invitationals often limit teams 2 runners per event and All-comers style meets dont offer high-caliber competition. The Eastern Relays allows teams to enter ALL athletes who meet the qualifying mark and ALL may score. Great runners should not be punished for having great teammates!
National Class Races, Close(r) to Home:
Many of the nations best track meets happen on the coasts. Eastern Relays prides itself on being one of the best meets in the middle of the country. Year in and year out the states surrounding Kentucky produce some of the best athletes in the country (despite variable weather and the seasonal challenges we all face).
Some athletes are able to hop on a plane to race in California or elsewhere, but for most teams and athletes the cost (or sanctioning) prevents that.
Eastern Relays is within a 5 hour drive of Chicago, Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, and lots of other areas with great runners in between. These areas are talent hotbeds as evidenced by results at Foot Locker and Nike Cross in the fall, as well as all the national track meets in the winter, spring, and summer! Save money on a plane ticket and drive to the ville!
2020 Meet Information:
All entries must be submitted electronically using the entry portal at http://easternrelays.milesplit.com. It is important that valid results for your team are included on the milesplit database. If any of your meets are not included in the milesplit database please send digital results to your state's milesplit editor or firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams may enter all athletes who meet the entry marks, and all may score. Note, qualifying marks will not be accepted from meets that do not produce digital results.
Coaches may enter any athletes who have a verifiable PR (lifetime best indoor or outdoor) in the milesplit database that meets the qualifying standard. Those not meeting the mark will not be allowed to compete in the invitational events. Open running events are open to all performers and require no qualifying standards. Open field events do have an entry standard. All participating teams may enter 1 relay in each Saturday relay event. We may limit entries in the Friday relays to 1 or 2 sections if the schedule dictates, and selections will be based on legitimate relay seed times and/or open PRs for medley races. Final decisions are at the discretion of meet management and will be determined after the entry period is closed.
Specific Race Procedures
Distance Races (800m and above) will all use a one turn stagger and either laned starts or alleys.
3200m races- About 30 athletes per section
Mile & Steeplechase races- About 24 per section
800m races- About 18 per section
4x800m and DMR- About 18 teams per section
We are contesting Mile races, not 1600m races. Fastest sections for all distance events may be slightly smaller than subsequent sections.
The 4x400m will use a 3 turn stagger.
All running events will run fast section to slow section based on seed, all events will be timed finals, no prelims.
Laned events will use 9 lanes.
Enter online: http://easternrelays.milesplit.com
Registration help: http://il.milesplit.com/pages/Online_Meet_Reg_Instructions
Open Running Events vs. Open Field
Our open events are designed for varsity or high level JV athletes who did not meet our invitational entry standards. These races are very competitive and yield excellent performances.
All open field events (Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, and Discus) take place at UofL's Cardinal Park on Friday and require meeting qualification marks.
Friday's Open running events (100m & Mile) are at UofL's Cardinal Park Track and teams are limited to 3 entries per event in those races.The Open Mile is listed in the entry page as 1600m but will be a Mile.
Saturday's Open Running Events (400m, 800m, 3200m) are contested around the corner at the DuPont Manual High School Track. Travel west on Brandeis Ave./Cardinal Blvd. under the viaduct and turn right on 1st Street until you see the track on your right. Check in will be at the infield shed.
Athletes Not Seeding Correctly
All entries should be based on lifetime best marks including both indoor and outdoor performances. If you are having trouble please begin by emailing your state's milesplit editor (contact info for your state is at the bottom of your state's milesplit page). If you have any persistent issues that your state editor cannot resolve, please contact Meet Director Mike Horan (email@example.com) and KY editor Chris Hawboldt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday Night Medley Relays- Seeding
We love our DMR and both SMR events on Friday night but the seeding can be tricky since many teams do not race it before Eastern Relays. Remember, we plan to limit the DMR to 1 section per gender so seed times don't matter too much, but please be thoughtful in the quality of teams you are entering.
For the SMR, after entries close and the performance list comes out, if you think your SMR is seeded in the wrong section please email with evidence that your team should be upgraded. We plan to limit the field in the SMR Relays to 18 teams (2 sections). If we have more than 18 teams entered we will review the resumes of entered teams on milesplit to select the field.
Every school with a team entered in the meet may race in all of the Saturday Relays. There is no required qualifying time. Please include all relay legs and alternates in the entries.
General Registration Reminder
Please make every effort to get entries in sooner rather than later. The deadline is Midnight on Sunday but getting things in earlier will allow any questions on the entry process to be answered in a timely fashion.
We do not expect to add entries after the deadline as our field will be quite large.
Please look to meet information links on http://easternrelays.milesplit.com before emailing a question. We will have well over 100 teams participating in the meet.
We typically proactively complete the sanctioning process for IN, OH, IL, MO, WV, and TN. Any schools from additional states wishing to participate should communicate early so you can also be included. Our sanction with Indiana dictates that all competing schools must be located within 300 miles of the Indiana border. If clarification is required please email email@example.com.
Awards for First, Second, and Third Overall Team. Awards for the top 8 finishers in each individual event.
Awards for the top 3 relays in each relay event.
Scoring: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for all events
Online entries should be received by Sunday April 12th, 2020. Any entries accepted after the deadline will be charged an additional $25 fee and may not be accepted at all. All athletes (including relay legs) are assigned a unique competitor number. There will be a $10 fee for athletes that lose their bib numbers or that are not included in the entries and need to be assigned a competitor number/bib on meet weekend. Teams and athletes competing on both Friday and Saturday will need their bib for both days.
Dupont Manual High School's track is one city block from Cardinal Park and they have volunteered to include non-scoring, no award events for athletes who did not qualify for the invitational portion of the meet. The events are 3200m, 400m, and 800m. These events, along with Fridays open events (100m, Mile) will provide an opportunity for non-qualifiers, relay legs, etc. to be a part of the meet. Entry in these events is $10 per athlete with a maximum per team/gender of $100. These events will be FAT. Please only enter athletes who intend to compete in these races.
Invitational Field Events: Shot put, discus, long jump, and triple jump will be contested with 3 jumps/throws, with the top 9 athletes advancing to finals. During the preliminary round, all marks will be measured in the first round. During the subsequent rounds only marks that exceed the entry standard will be measured.
Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, and Discus will contest an open section (no awards, non-scoring) on Friday night with the Invitational sections on Saturday. Open events will contest 3 jumps and no finals. All field events, both open and invitational require a qualifying mark.
For the High Jump and Pole Vault the starting height will be the entry standard. Depending on field size we may utilize 5-Alive or multiple pits broken up by entry height.
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