Clovis News

State track & field meet stays in Clovis 3 more years

The state high school track and field meet will remain in Clovis through 2014.

Coach Brian Weaver of host Buchanan High said Saturday that the California Interscholastic Federation awarded Clovis Unified a three-year extension for the state championships.

The first three-year agreement will be completed in this season's finals June 3-4 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Weaver said the competition for the new contract ranged again from Sacramento to Bakersfield and Long Beach.

The meet had rotated for years between Cerritos College and Sacramento's Hughes Stadium before moving to Clovis.

No other prep track and field meet can match California's because of its size (one division) and quality. It's essentially a Junior Olympics meet that routinely produces several nation-leading marks.

It's also a boon to the local economy — an estimated $1.2 million annually — through food, transportation, lodging and other incidental spending.

In addition to the Buchanan track and field venue, generally considered the state's finest, CIF officials have been impressed with Clovis Unified's management — assisted by more than 400 volunteers.

The district also has played a prominent role in managing the state cross country championships at Woodward Park since 1987.

"We are appreciative and thankful that the Clovis Unified School District and its community have long realized the benefit of hosting CIF championship events and understand the internal workings that go on behind the scenes in order to put on the premier high school track and field event in the nation," CIF executive director Marie Ishida said.

"Their support allows us to keep our ticket prices low and reasonable for students and families."