CIF Track and Field Championships battle heat in Clovis

June 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Most people at the CIF Track and Field Championships are ready for triple digits. These top ranked high school athletes are competing in the summer-like heat.

The championship brings in student athletes from all over California. The meet director, Brian Weaver, has organized this event for years. He knows to prepare the competitors for a hot weekend. "The athletes are the ones that are taken care of the most. It's the public we worry a little bit more about, sitting in the bleachers all day. Mom, dad, grandma, grandpa that want to watch their kids run. We worry a lot about them, so we make sure we're walking up and down the stands making sure they're okay."

Clovis Unified, which is hosting the event at Buchanan High School, provides carts, so people who need assistance don't have to walk in the triple digit heat.

Peter Farmer and his wife came from Southern California prepared. They packed an ice chest with plenty of water. "I knew it was going to be warm, especially coming to Fresno. So what did you do to prepare? Dress lightly, big hat, got my sweat towel," said Peter Farmer, San Fernando.

For people who can't quite deal with the heat, paramedics are on site to provide first aid. The temperatures did not have an impact on event times. And so far, there have been no reports of heat related illnesses.

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