Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Colonial Relays

By Rick Platt
Half a Colonial Relays is better than none! After an absence of three years due to a deteriorating track facility, a newly re-surfaced Zable Stadium at Cary Field track played host last weekend to the 42nd annual track meet in Williamsburg. The original schedule had mostly individual track and field events on Friday, with mostly relays, along with a smattering of field events and several invitationals, on Saturday.
The weather changed all that. Early forecasts had cool weather both days, with temperatures in the low 50s, not too unusual Colonial Relays weather, uncomfortable for the sprinters and jumpers, but OK. Friday, however, was warmer than predicted, a beautiful day for the beautiful new track, sunny with temperatures peaking around 60. In contrast, Saturday became a disaster, with a freak winter storm dumping around two inches of snow in Williamsburg, temperatures in the mid-30s during the morning hours when the events started, and only peaking at around 40, with snow flurries continuing into the afternoon. William and Mary track director Dan Stimson, in consultation with the W&M athletic director, W&M coaches, and other teams’ coaches, decided to pull the plug on the entire Saturday slate of events. continued