Only event in track I don’t like is 3200m run when some coach puts their paint dryers in. A road or XC race i can see, but why torture a kid with 8 laps in front of everyone all eyes glued to them. I know its about finishing, but its an awful thing to do to a kid.
I watched a jr. high meet this last week. My niece was running in it for the Jr. high I coached at last year. The girls coach, put this girl, not my niece, who is slower than a 3-toed sloth in the 800. What’s worse she was damn near lapped in a 2 lap event. She came in at 4:43 secs. I almost cried, kids in jr. high don’t think in relative terms. They think in absolute terms. Put her in the 100 or 200 at that level, but most of all coach the girl. Work on her mechanics. Work on her stride rate and stride length. That is a coach’s job at that level.