Updated 5:24 p.m. Friday
The Lake Erie League Track and Field Championships will now be at Cleveland Heights High School at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Tornado warnings, thunder and lightning and rain postponed the second day of the Lake Erie League Track and Field Championships on Thursday afternoon at Bedford High School.
The coaches and athletic directors are hoping to squeeze in the remainder of the meet on Saturday. No start time has been issued.
If the LEL meet can’t be completed Saturday, it will be canceled because it will be too tough to reschedule the event so close to the district meet, which begins Wednesday, said Cleveland Heights track and field head coach Nick Continenza.
Continenza isn’t optimistic about the meet’s immediate future because he said he believes it will be too difficult to coordinate all of the schools and officials in such a short period of time.
“It’s too deep (in the season),” Continenza said. “It’s not going to happen.”
Today’s weather wasn’t expected to be much better than Thursday's weather, which prompted the move to Saturday. Continenza said the hope is to keep the meet at Bedford.
Lorain, Bedford, Shaw, Warrensville Heights, Maple Heights, Cleveland Heights, Warren G. Harding, Euclid, Mentor and Shaker Heights are the schools competing in the meet that began Tuesday.
Thunder and lightning came bolting from the sky just as the girls’ 100-meter hurdles were slated to kick off the meet’s championship races at 4:15 p.m. As athletes, coaches, officials and parents began heading to their cars and buses, the rain came pouring down.
Bedford school officials indicated a tornado warning had been issued and moved the athletes into the school’s auditorium an hour later to keep them away from dangerous conditions. After a coaches meeting at 6:15 p.m., the meet was called off for the day.
After the first day of competition on Tuesday, Lorain women lead the Erie Division with 46 points, and Mentor leads the Lake Division with 37.5 points. Cleveland Heights is fifth in the Lake Division with 12.5 points. For the men, Maple Heights leads the Erie Division with 63.5 points, while Mentor leads the Lake Division with 65. Cleveland Heights is fourth in the Lake Division with 19 points.