Almost Wichita bound

Today is the calm before the storm. The last day before the last event of the 2014-15 Kansas high school sports season.

In just over 24 hours, the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s state track and field championships will be underway at Wichita State University. The meet has been held continuously at WSU and Cessna Stadium since 1979, and the meet has been in Wichita every year except one since 1970.

I’m alomst packed. I just have to load up my car. All of the stuff will make the 160-mile ride east and south, and then be put on a cart for the elevator ride up to my room the Wichita Marriott, where I have stayed for state track every year except my first year covering the event, 2006. That year, I stayed at hte Courtyard on Webb Road at K-96. That hotel was too dated and too loud, so I opted for the Marriott at Webb and Kellogg. Good move. It’s been my Wichita headquarters more or less since. Also, I feel more secure in a high-rise hotel.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain tomorrow. The Natioanl Weather Service predicts the brest time is after 1 p.m. The good new is the probabllity of rain has fallen to 20 percent for Satruday with a high of 70 (21 Celsius). Wow. 70 degrees on May 30 (the real Memorial Day)? Never would have dreamed. Yes, I am well aware the year is coming where it will be above 100 for both days of the meet, but after Satruday night, I don’t have to worry about it until May 27 and 28, 2016.

This will be my 10th state track and field meet. In 2006, I missed most of the first day because I had to travel to Pratt to watch Plainville in a baseball state tournament game. But I have been there pretty much from beginning to end every year since, and that won’t change this year. Since the small schools are going early tomorrow, I will probably be back at the room by 4 p.m. However, I do not plan to eat a big meal tomorrow night. I’m going to save that for after Saturday night as a way to celebrate the end of the high school sports season.

Both conference finals in the NHL are going to a seventh game. The Lightning-Rangers game int eh East at New York is tomorrow night, and I will watch wahen I get back to the Marriott. Saturday night is the Blackhawks and Ducks at Anaheim. I’ll watch that game, plus be keeping an eye on whomever LSU is playing in its baseball regional at Baton Rouge, Tulane or UNC Wilmington.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on May 28, 2015, in KSHSAA, Track and Field and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for what you do.
    Be safe.

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