If there are people concerned with Saturday's weather forecast for the finals of the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium – a plunge to the upper 60s with a 40% chance of rain – meet director Brian Weaver isn't one of them.
"That means there's 60% chance it's going to be great," the Bears' coach said with a chuckle Tuesday. "You've got to be an optimist. And, if it does rain, it won't rain for very long or very hard."
Bottom line, he added: "We will run it."
There has been one rain postponement in the 92-year history of the meet.
It occurred in 1993 at Cerritos College, and the finals of the two-day meet were moved back a day, to a Sunday.
Weaver and Valley track and field historian Ron Blackwood remember the change, and what they remember isn't good – there was a significant drop-off in attendance and participation on that Sunday, they said.
While confident Saturday's finals will flow as scheduled from 4:30 until 9:45 p.m., Weaver did say the only real concern with rain – regardless of the intensity – would be in the pole vault because of the grips on the poles. To help, he said, a canopy would be set up to keep poles dry when not in use.
The forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees and dry for Friday's qualifying, which will run from 3 until 10:30 p.m.
This will be the third of six years the meet is scheduled for Buchanan. Total attendance was 17,660 in 2009 and 17,358 last year.
Tickets for Friday's preliminaries are $7 for children under 13, students with identification and seniors; and $8 for general admission. Saturday, it is $8 and $12.
Gold medalists return
Ten of the 28 individual events will be graced by athletes who won state titles last year. And three – Agoura-Agoura Hills hurdler Johnathan Cabral, Covina sprinter Remontay McClain and Harvard-Westlake half-miler Amy Weissenbach – are current national leaders.
Cabral won the 2010 110-meter high hurdles in 13.54, and arrives this time top-ranked nationally in that event (13.24 wind-aided, 13.43 legal) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (36.19).
McClain won last year's 200 in 20.85, and leads the nation now in the 100 (10.28 wind-aided, 10.31 legal) and 200 (20.68).
Weissenbach has run the 800 in 2:06.18 a year after winning it at 2:07.52 in a thriller over Templeton's Savannah Camacho (2:07.73), who also returns.
Other national leaders entered are Trabuco Hills-Mission Viejo's Jantzen Oshier in the 1600 (4:04.24), Long Beach Poly's Melia Cox in the 100 high hurdles (13.34) and James Logan-Union City's Ciarra Brewer in the triple jump (wind-aided 43-3 1/4).
Clovis' Jenna Prandini beat Brewer last year while winning the triple jump in a wind-aided 42-7 1/4, but the Cougars' senior All-American has dropped the event at this weekend's state meet to concentrate on the 100, 200 and long jump.