A long time ago, a TV crime show ended each episode with the line, “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”
That has always reminded me of the challenge of writing about a great track meet. Maybe there aren’t eight million stories, but there are hundreds of different story lines to follow and there is no way to do justice to them all. Do the Oak Park girls trump Grant Fisher? Is Donavan Brazier better than pole vaulter Mackenzie Shell?
Apples, oranges, you get the picture. This year’s meet featured so much drama that it’s hard to decide which story to lead with. Grant Fisher will have to do. The Grand Blanc senior, running his final meet in the Bobcat jersey, came to Rockford with lofty goals. One indication, perhaps, is that a second timing camera had been placed 9.34 meters past the finish line of the 1600, at the exact point of the classic mile distance.