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Weather conflicts with outdoor track scheduling 

By Sasha Semanision

On April 18, Batavia High School canceled its annual Carlson-Anderson Classic girls outdoor track meet due to weather. It was canceled for the first time since the meet was created in 2016, other than in 2020, due to the pandemic. The Carlson-Anderson Classic is an invitational that would have included ten teams this year: Aurora (East), Bartlett, Batavia, Burlington (Central), Carol Stream (Glenbard North), DeKalb, Naperville (Central), Plainfield (East), St. Charles (North) and Wheaton (W. Warrenville South). According to the Batavia girls track head coach, Justin Alison, the meet unfortunately had to be canceled because weather was a concern. 

“Due to the projected forecast of heavier rains/dropping temperatures, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s meet,” wrote Justin Allison, in an email informing the Batavia girls track team of the changed plans.  

At this point in the outdoor season, there was already another meet canceled. On Tues., April 2, the DuKane Conference Girls Quad #1, Batavia’s first outdoor meet of the season, was also canceled because of rain. 

It is not unusual for meets to be canceled or rescheduled in outdoor track season. This year, the girls Dukane Conference meet had to be rescheduled from Thursday May 2nd to Friday May 3rd.

Because of the rescheduling, athletes, coaches and spectators have to change their schedules and adapt. Unfortunately, unpredictable weather is just part of the outdoor track season, but athletes do their best to overcome the challenges and enjoy the season. 

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