Bi-district cross country race at Lincoln Park postponed because of wind
The wind created unsafe conditions for the 4A Bi-District I/II championship on Saturday, so the race to qualify for state will be rescheduled.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The 4A Bi-District I/II cross country championships at Lincoln Park were postponed on Saturday due to severe winds.
The meet was rescheduled for Monday at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. The boys race will be at 2:30 p.m., and girls will run at 3:15.
Branches fell sporadically all along the course on Saturday, pine cones darted down from the gray sky and team tents overturned as coaches herded their runners back onto buses.
“This might be unpopular,” meet commissioner John Appelgate announced to a crowd of coaches. “We’re calling this.”
Appelgate said the decision was made to ensure the safety of the runners.
“Cross country runners can run in the wind, but they can’t run in the wind and be dodging branches in the process,” he said.
Garfield coach Nicole Petty agreed with the decision, but said postponing the meet would make it more difficult to prepare for the state meet next Saturday in Pasco.
“It’s going to be of course a challenge, because we’re looking into State next Saturday, which racing on a different day, racing within a week, alters things a bit, but it is what it is,” Petty said.