Second oldest meet in the state approaches 40 years

For the first time ever, the newly rubberized Vidinha Stadium track will be under the lights for a high school meet on Thursday.

The West Kaua’i Rotary Club is hosting the second oldest track and field event in the state, starting at 4 p.m. (field events).

“It should be nice. It’ll be under the lights and should go until around 8 p.m.,” Waimea coach Dave Walker said.

According to former collegiate runner, who is also a member of the West Kaua’i Rotary Club, the meet is nearing its 40th year. Also, for the first time ever, KIF athletes will be timed using a full automatic timer.

“We’re going to try it as a practice run and see if it works,” Walker said.

And the new method should be another step to Vidinha Stadium hosting a state meet.

Unlike previous meets, the West Kaua’i Rotary event hands out medals to top finishers and coaches get the chance to sit back and relax, with many other volunteers from the rotary club helping out.

Also, this meet serves as a preview to the upcoming KIF Championships, which run from April 27-28.

Field events on Thursday begin at 4 p.m. and track contests start at 5 p.m.

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