KIF track opener postponed

The rainy conditions did do another thing besides causing roads to flood and landslides — the postponement of the KIF’s first track meet of the season.

“We just figured yesterday morning that it was coming down real bad, so we’ll (The three athletic directors) meet on Monday to discuss when we’ll reschedule,” Waimea High School athletic director Jon Kobayashi said.

But the postponement didn’t have anything to do with the track. The rain let up during the afternoon hours in Lihu’e, but what caused the rescheduling was the unlikely conditions on the roads, especially in the North Shore.

The newly rubberized surface at Vidinha Stadium, which will play host to all of the meets this year, is equipped to run on despite wet conditions.

“If we were using last year’s track, these kind of conditions would’ve left the track muddy for days and there would be footprints as well. The kids are disappointed, but we’re lucky because this surface that we have now should drain around 20 minutes after the rain stops,” Waimea coach Dave Walker said.

The longtime coach also mentioned that we’ll “definitely” have a meet this Friday, which is the Mayor’s Invitational.

“So far we’ve got no commitments from off-island schools, but in the future we’d like to bring in some top schools, especially since we have a brand new rubberized track,” Walker said.

But Walker won’t be at the Mayor’s Invitational, which begins at 4 p.m. Instead, he’ll be taking care of family business.

“My daughter’s (Chelsea) getting married, so I’m not going to be there,” Walker said.

However, Walker will be busy this weekend, with the Waimea Alumni Carnival, which opened up yesterday and runs through today, starting at around 5 p.m., near the campus.

“It’s good now that we can concentrate on the carnival,” said Walker, who is also the president for the West Kaua’i Business and Professional Association.

According to KIF executive secretary Diane Nitta, the Mayor’s meet might turn into a 2-day event.

“It is scheduled for two days, and depending on the interest of participation and the weather, the event will take place on both Friday and Saturday, with trials on Friday and finals the following day,” Nitta said.

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