Mansfield Mehock Relays
Early Season Proving Ground
One of the only all-weather tracks in this part of the country, the Mehock Relays routinely drew over 2,500 athletes from five states and Canada during the 1970's and 80's. Coaches brought their teams to escape the poor track conditions prevelent among cinder tracks in April. More importantly, coaches wanted to see how their top athletes would fare, in early season competition, against some of the best in this region of the country.
A lot has changed in thirty years: nearly every high school now has an all-weather track; coaches have dozens of invitationals each Saturday from which to choose; travel restrictions have been placed on schools by their state athletic associations and smaller athletic budgets, to name a few.
Despite a changing environment, the Mehock remains one of the most competitive track and field meets in Ohio. The meet draws around 900 athletes and 90 teams each year. Since there are no divisions, the meet provides teams with a unique opportunity to compete against top competitors from divisions they otherwise would not face during state tournament competition.
Still the early season proving ground three decades later.
I hope you will consider the 83rd Mansfield Mehock Relays in your 2015 track schedule as we build on this festival of athletics and outstanding performances.