Sprinkles of rain, followed by brutal winds and rain delays - which led to sprints by hundreds of athletes and coaches into their cars at the Jefferson High parking lot - ultimately gave way to a huge blast of lightning that cleared the track for good with one event remaining at Wednesday's American Division of the Western Conference track and field qualifier.
In between all that, which constantly required splashing through puddles around the track, some outstanding performances were turned in
Alonso's Brandon Holloway ran a season-best 10.54 seconds in the 100 meters, though the race was wind aided. Holloway later won the 200 meters in 21.37, though that race was timed with stop watches because not only did the wind blow over the electronic timer's tent, but rain splattered the timer's computers, which led to the hand-held stop watches with five events left in the finals.
Perhaps the other most outstanding performance of the disjointed meet went to Jefferson's Andre Davis, who won the high jump in 6 feet, 8 inches and missed by a hair of clearing 6-10. Minutes after that he took the title Davis jumped on a bus to play a baseball game at Steinbrenner, which ended up being cancelled by rain.
In the end, which came with the lightning blast and the 4x400 relay yet to be run, Steinbrenner's girls held an insurmountable team lead with 158 points, or 37 ahead of second-place Plant. The boys title gets a little more muddled, because the meet ended with Jefferson leading with 135 points, but only four ahead of Plant.
More importantly, the top-four finishers in each event qualified for Wednesday's county meet at Jefferson. For the 4x400 race, meet officials were saying preliminary times will be used to determine who makes and who doesn't.