Forvilly’s six-event meet causes an uproar
Whittell High track star Luke Forvilly won’t compete in six events at a Yerington meet again.
In the aftermath of Forvilly’s five firsts and a fourth-place finish at last week’s meet, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has recommended that Yerington discontinue the format. It was reported in the April 5 issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune that Forvilly scored 54 points in the meet.
Nevada follows the national federation’s rule of not permitting an athlete to compete in more than four events.
“I don’t think the meet host knew about the rule,” said Donnie Nelson, the NIAA sports information director. “Most likely it was just an oversight.”
However, Yerington first-year Athletic Director Cher Fesenmaier contends that since the meet isn’t scored and serves as practice, no rule was broken.
“All of our Wednesday meets are never scored. We don’t give teams scores, nor medals,” said Fesenmaier, who has canceled today’s meet. “I told (NIAA Executive Director) Jerry Hughes that traditionally we run our Wednesday meets as practice meets, which allows a school to decide how many events to put their kids in. It gives them a choice, that if someone is sick, they can fill in the spots and the team can still compete.”
The Tribune was provided with documentation that Whittell coach Brian Rippet received from Fesenmaier, indicating that the meet format allowed an athlete to compete in up to six events.
“It’s like Luke just had a really good practice,” Rippet said. “At the 2A level, none of our meets count except for the zone and state meets because all of them are invitationals or all-comers. We don’t have duals where we can claim a team record.”
After their conversation Monday, Hughes advised Yerington to change its meet format.
“He suggested that to alleviate problems in the future that maybe we should cut participants to four events across the board,” Fesenmaier said.
With the cancellation of today’s meet, Yerington only has one more home meet scheduled – May 2. Scoring will be kept for that meet, which will only include Lyon County schools.
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