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Running for cover

Albany-- About the only running taking place at the GISA state track meet Saturday was done by those seeking shelter as heavy rain and sporadic lightning reeked havoc at Hugh Mills Stadium.

The inclement weather caused officials to postpone Saturday's events until Wednesday, marking the first ever postponement in the meet's 20 year history at Hugh Mills Stadium.

The only events to be completed Saturday were the girls 3200m run and the single-A boys 3200m run.

The rain started falling at the tail end of the boys single-A two mile run and never stopped. After a three hour delay the meet was re-started only to be halted a short time later.

With AP Exams, soccer playoffs and baseball playoffs on the schedule this week it made for a very difficult decision. But in the end with no let up from the rain in sight and lightning very much a factor, the final call was made around 3:30pm to send everyone home.

"We just can't take the risk of putting an athlete on the track and lightning as close as the meter showed that it was, as much as we hate to lose here when we leave Mills Stadium because of the automatic timing and the great facilities. We would rather go to one of our schools and do the hand held timing than take a chance," GISA Assistant Director Tommy Whittle said.

And the school they'll be going to is Mount de Sales in Macon. The meet will resume at 4 oclock on Wednesday.

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