Press Release: by Mark Kachler
On Wednesday the Mason Dixon Committee made the public announcement that the Mason Dixon Games would not be contested in 2014.
Yesterday the Executive Director of the KTCCCA made the announcement that the 2014 Indoor Track and Field State Championships for both middle school and all classes in High School will be held at the Carmeuse Facility/Mason County Indoor Track.
The Middle School and AAA High School State Championships will be Saturday March 1 followed on March 8th by the A and AA High School State Championships.
The back story to this began in August when the Kentucky Fairgrounds informed the Mason Dixon Committee that they would no longer lease their facility to the Mason Dixon Committee unless the committee could upgrade the track they were using. The Fairgrounds Board felt the current track was a liability that they were not willing to take a chance on. The Mason Dixon Games had been contested for 53 years either in Freedom Hall or Broadbent Arena. The Mason Dixon Committee was unable to secure a new track. An attempt to conduct the State Championships at UK was rejected by the current track coaching staff at the college. (details contained in letter below)
To my knowledge this is likely the first State Championship in any sport that has ever been conducted in Maysville. I will leave that to the sports historians to confirm. Community support has been secured from the Maysville Tourism Commission thru Suzie Pratt, Tourism Director, and the City of Maysville who will assist with additional portable seating in the facility, traffic control and shuttle bus service from adjacent parking lots if needed. These events add to an already busy track season with 5 regular indoor meets scheduled, the grand opening of a new outdoor track facility by hosting a ribbon cutting Invitational (April 19), the Area 7 Outdoor Track Championships (May 3), and the KHSAA Region 6 AA Outdoor Track Championship (May 10).
“While we realize the additional work involved with hosting an event of this magnitude, we appreciate the willingness of our school administration to support these events and we appreciate the confidence that the Track Coaches Association is demonstrating in our program to make such an important event a reality for the area. It says a great deal about the high level of commitment our parents and support staff have demonstrated in the past with other events.”
Participants click KTCCCA Indoor Championship Team Info
Click Letter from the Mason Dixon Athletic Club for other information.