Let Patrick Roos run at the 2017 MSHSL State Track Meet
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Patrick Roos is not only the state cross country champion, he's a 3rd place finisher in the 3200 last year at state, and running for the University of Minnesota next year on a scholarship. Last Tuesday at the Section Meet, the meet that determines qualifying for state, Roos took 3rd place, and missed the qualifying standard (9:13.38) by .3 seconds. First of all, it's ridiculous that the standard is this fast, Roos' time was in the top 50 fastest times in state history, yet it wasn't fast enough to reach the qualifying standard. In other sections, there are guys that are qualifying by finishing in the top 2 with a time in the 9:40s, or 9:50s. But the reason why it was truly unfair was the fact that there was no clock at the finish line. Keeping track of your splits is critical for distance runners, especially in the 3200, so when you're trying to run a time as fast as 9:13, for 8 laps around the track, not having a clock anywhere in the entire stadium makes it that much more difficult. A clock keeps you on track, knowing where you're at, and knowing if you need to speed up when you're off your pace. Now on the last lap, when Roos is sprinting the last 100 meters, if a clock is there, there is no doubt that he will speed up that much more, enough to get under that qualifying standard, especially when he only missed by 3 tenths of a second. There were many guys that I talked to after the race that complained about how not having a clock hurt their race. This is clearly not fair that a guy this fast is not able to run in the State Meet, but it's truly even more unfair that he didn't have a clock, like other section races did. It is only fair that the MSHSL lets the state cross country champion run the 3200 at the state meet next Friday.
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