NMA releases rules for qualifiers, coaches meeting tomorrow

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Posted on Apr 08 2008

Northern Marianas Athletics released some guidelines for next week’s start of the preliminary trials for next month’s 4th Annual McDonald’s All-Schools Track and Field Championship at the Oleai track facility inside the Susupe Sports Complex.

A coaches meeting is scheduled tomorrow, April 10, at 4pm at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium conference room. NMA officials are requiring all coaches to attend the meeting.

Athletes are allowed to participate in only four events and more than the specified number would disqualify the said athlete in all events that he competed in. No event will be canceled to accommodate athletes participating in two events at the same time.

Scoring will be as follows: 1st place, 10 points; 2nd, eight points; 3rd, six points; 4th, thre points; 5th, two points; and 6th, one point. Athletes need to finish in the top six in order to qualify for Saipan in the McDonald’s All-Schools Championships since the other two slots are reserved for Rota and Tinian athletes.

In the event Rota and Tinian athletes failed to field participants in an event, the next finisher will be awarded the spot.

A call room will also be put up during the preliminaries where athletes need to report with the race marshal. Failure to do so before the second call is made will result in the athlete being scratched from the event. Coaches are advised to observe this rule.

Any protest should be lodged with the referees as per IAAF Rule 146. Appeals should be made in writing on an appeal form, which can be collected at the information tent.

The trials in the elementary division will be from April 14 to 16 while the junior high and high schools will be from April 21 to 23.

NMA president Kurt Barnes will be the field events referee with NMA vice president Lou Wabol as the starter. Coaches Ron Olopai and Robin Sapong, who is also the NMA secretary general, will act as the field events judge and head timer at the finish line, while NMA development officer Elias Rangamar will be the race marshal. Rep. Ramon Ray Tebuteb is the events’ announcer.

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