Braving The Heat At The State Track Meet

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Several thousand athletes and their fans and families braved the heat at the State High School track meet at Burke High School Friday.

But for graduating senior Dakota Murphy, it was just business as usual.

“I'm more of a heat person so this weather really doesn't bother me,” says Murphy.

“If there was no breeze then the heat radiating off the track would be pretty bad.”

She was preparing to run eight laps around the track and has an unusual way to prepare.

“I do the one thing my coach hates. I drink a lot of diet mountain dew.”

“It has the highest caffeine of any diet pop, so I drink it and it helps me get up,” says Murphy.

Despite temperatures hitting close to 90 degrees, Nate Newhouse, Assistant Director of the Nebraska School Activities Association, tells Channel Six News the athletes high and track officials are prepared.

“We live in Nebraska, they're ready for it. They've competed all year, it’s been a warm spring so I don't think we'll have any issues.”

The meet provides water stations at every event and athletes have a water tank so they can get water whenever they want it.

Austin Cherry finished the 400-meter dash and says he drinks plenty of water and Gatorade days before the race.

“Our coaches stress staying hydrated,” says Cherry.

“Even here, I take my water to the very end and pour some on my face.”

As for the 25,000 spectators expected Friday many of them were just able to bear the heat.

Kendra Davidson watched her daughter run. She says the sunny skies are better than the rain at last year’s meet.

“I don't mind it because I’m not running the laps, as long as everyone stays hydrated,” says Davidson.

Finals start Saturday at 9:30a.m.

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