Itâ??s that time again when most coaches are sitting down planning their track and field season for 2008. I would like to once again personally thank everyone who supported the Percy Knox Invitationalâ?¢ last year.
The meet date has been changed to Friday March 21st & Saturday March 22nd. The date was changed due to the request of many schools to move the date up a week, in order to have more time to prepare their runners. Friday will be a Twilight Distance Carnival with the field events and the sprint running events being held on Saturday.
2007 track season; the 3rd annual Percy Knox Invitationalâ?¢ came on strong and heavy with its line up of schools and athletes. Out of 330 track and field meets held in California, we were rated #3 overall, only second to Mt. Sac and Arcadia Invitational.
We were one of four high school track and field meets recommended by USA track and field magazine as the meet to attend in Southern California. The meet was also one of three Invitational track meets that had more state contenders than any other invitational. We had some of Californiaâ??s most elite boys and girls high school track and field athletes.
Like any new business; we had our share of mishaps. 2005, 2006, and 2007 meets, we had the host schools run our invitational track meets with the proceeds being divided among them.
With the growth of the 2007 meet, it was too overwhelming for our 2007 host schoolâ??s to properly run the meet as smoothly as it could have been ran.
As Chairman of the foundation, I took full responsibility for the mishaps that occurred in the running of this meet. I have taken new steps to insure: the proper, and the timely running of next years meet.
A lot has changed for us at the Percy Knox Foundation since last season. I would like to share a few of our new changes for 2008.
New The City of Santa Clarita will be joining us in co-hosting and running the 2008 track and field meet.
New James Logan (Northern California) and Long Beach Poly will co host the meet, but they will not be running the meet as previous host schools in the past.
New The College of the Canyons is now the permanent home of the Percy Knox Invitationalâ?¢
We have schools from New York, Texas, and Jamaica already trying to make plans on attending our 2008 meet.
In honor of the 2008 Olympic year, we will be honoring ten of our past Southern California Olympians, plus we will also run and honor a kids 100 meters Special Olympics event.
We will continue to donate funds to various High Schools and Jr. Colleges track and field programs.
New The meet is now a two day meet, Friday March 21st & Saturday March 22nd
Friday will be a Twilight Distance Carnival. This will keep the meet from running too long.
Â· The track committee has agreed to keep the meet with no standards. This will allow every school to bring a team instead of just elite athletes.
Â· New Athletes will have a choice between awards: trophy or medal.
Â· We will run up to nine heats vs. three like most meets. Awards will be issued to the first three finishers.
Â· Low entry fees. For $250.00, you will be able to enter your boyâ??s and girlâ??s teams both nights and for $150 you can enter a single team.
I would like for you to strongly consider attending our meet. We are fast on our way to our goal of spreading $250,000 around to various High Schoolâ??s and Jr. Colleges. Together we can all make this work. We are the meet of the people; this is your meet, where everyone comes out a winner.
Coach Tim Wells
Percy Knox Foundation