No Extended Season for HS Baseball/Track Gets More State Runners

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled September meeting Thursday morning at the OHSAA office. Among issues decided by the board, include a ruling on high school baseball and track season.

By a 7-2 vote, the board denied a proposal from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association to extend the season two weeks due to the new NFHS-mandated pitch count regulations.  

By a 9-0 vote, the board approved a proposal from the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches to add two qualifiers to the state track meet in the running events only. Previously, 16 qualifiers advanced to the state meet, with most races consisting of two heats with eight runners each. Since Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has a nine-lane track, two additional qualifiers can compete. After the top four finishers from each of the four regional tournaments advance to the state tournament, the additional qualifiers will come from the two fastest times recorded at the four regionals.

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