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Boys track & fields: Front row seat for rain delay theater

CHARLESTON – The question was a simple one.

During two lightning delays totaling nearly 4½ hours on Thursday during the 1A preliminaries at the state track and field meet, how did you kill time?

• I'll get the ball rolling. During delay No. 1, I went down the street to McDonald's, where the ice cream cone I had was top-notch. The chicken sandwich – not so great, but what can you expect off the dollar menu.

Delay No. 2, I checked out Deadspin, but mostly looked at the sky and wished Mother Nature would straighten her act out. That woman irks me sometimes.

• Andy Colbert of Oregon caught up with an old friend, Scott Erwin of DeKalb. Erwin is the son of Colbert's high school track coach at Rochelle, Bob Erwin.

Colbert and Scott Erwin are volunteers at this year's state meet.

• Former Newman cross country coach Val Gassman sat in a car with friends and ate Funnel Cakes.

• Oregon senior Ashton Rutherford was confined to the EIU fieldhouse, along with the rest of the 300 intermediate hurdle runners who were on call to run. He took a nap during the delay.

• Oregon weights coach Doug Engle multitasked. He said he sat, waited, texted, ate and looked at the radar on his phone.

• Polo-Forreston distance runner Brad Cavanaugh watched someone play basketball in the fieldhouse, and the rumor was that player was going to play professionally in Germany. Cavanaugh then ate at Jimmy John's.

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