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UIL reverses ruling, regional track meets back on

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The track athletes in the area who had been told the regional track meets were scrapped got good news Thursday.
The University Interscholastic League, which originally cancelled the regional meets due to health concerns related to the swine flu outbreak, reversed its early ruling. Regional track meets are back on and all competitors scheduled to compete, can do so.    In the Hopkins County area about two dozen athletes were affected by the ruling.
“Great! Super! Awesome! I believe in supporting our UIL administration, especially when it comes to the safety of kids,” Sulphur Springs athletic director Greg Owens. “I’m excited that our kids will now have the opportunity to compete at the regionals and possibly state.  They have worked extremely hard and I hope their dreams can come true with a great performance at Denton.”
The Region II Class 4A track meet which would include Sulphur Springs athletes is set May 12-13, at the University of North Texas in Denton.
(The following is a release posted and e-mailed by the UIL).
What UIL officially said
After collaborating with University of Texas officials and the twenty UIL regional track meet hosts, the UIL has tentatively rescheduled the regional track meets to take place after interscholastic competition resumes on May 11. Additionally, the state track meet is scheduled to be held June 5-6 at Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.
“The decision to suspend competition was not a decision we took lightly,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Much effort and consideration was given to resurrect the regional track meets and change the dates for the state meet.  With the
cooperation of our regional sites and the University of Texas, we are now able to hold the  regional and state track meets as we had originally intended.”
On April 29, 2009 the UIL announced that the state track meet would be held May 14-16
and that qualifiers would come from the top four participants in each event from each region. 
“At that time, we were simply trying to save the state track meet,” said Breithaupt.  “When
our staff had the time, opportunity and information they were able to make this happen.  We had numerous calls in support of the original decision as well as calls to return to the regional format.  We also know that additional conflicts may occur because of these changes. However, we believe this schedule represents the best opportunity for the most
students.”
The tentative schedule and sites for the regional track meets is below.
Regional schedule
Reg-Div           Date               Site
I-A                 May 12,13        South Plains College
II-A                May 15,16        Abilene Christian U.
III-A               May 15,16       Palestine ISD
IV-A               May 18,19        Sam Houston State U.
1-2A              May 19, 20      Odessa College
II-2A              May 15,16       Tarleton State University
III-2A            May 15,16         Whitehouse ISD
IV-2A             May 15,16        Judson ISD

I-3A               May 22,23        Texas Tech University
II-3A             May 15,16         Texas A&M Commerce
III-3A            May 15,16         Humble ISD
IV-3A             May 19, 20        Flour Bluff ISD

I-4A              May 15,16          Odessa College
II-4A             May 12-13       University of North Texas
III-4A           May 18,19         Sam Houston State U.
IV-4A            May 15,16         San Antonio ISD

I-5A              May 22,23          Texas Tech University
II-5A            May 22,23           Baylor University
III-5A           May 15,16           Humble ISD
IV-5A            May 15,16          San Antonio ISD
 

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