Events scheduled for May should be able to avoid winter weather, but not this year. The Shawnee Mission North Relays have been canceled, the Brookside Art Annual has been postponed for Friday and the sixth annual Cinco De Mayo parade will be postponed as well.
This is just another hurdle for the Shawnee Mission North track team. Having this cold of a spring is making it difficult to run times worthy of college scholarships. Unfortunately for the kids, this is one of their last chances to show what they can do.
The Shawnee Mission North Relays is one of Kansas' largest track meets - it's been running since 1950.
"Last year at this time I was setting up mister fans because the temperatures were going to be so warm that the athletes could have a station to go to cool down," Shawnee Mission North Athletic Director George Sallas said.
Canceling the relays is a first in the 63-year history of the meets.
"I've never seen anything like this. I've been at this school for a long time. Never ever been this cold this late," Sallas said.
The athletic director said it's unsafe to have athletes competing in the cold weather.
"We have to think of the kids. They're a couple weeks away from regional and state competition. Running in these conditions just isn't a good thing. Even though it's a popular and important meet, we can't let kids run in this condition and give it their best," he said.
Track isn't the only spring sport victimized by the strange weather this year.
"Our spring sports have had very few outdoor practices. It's just made it very difficult," Sallas said.
He hopes the weather turns nicer before the school year is out.
"Our coaches and athletes are ready for the sun and nice weather so they can get out and work on their skills to prepare for regionals in every sport," Sallas said.
He also said it's especially disappointing for his seniors because this was their last shot at greatness in front of the home crowd.
The sixth annual Cinco De Mayo parade was originally scheduled for Saturday morning at 12th and Minnesota in Kansas City, KS, but now they are doing everything they can to reschedule the parade and all events that go along with it.
"We are checking with the city to make sure we can have everything in place to make the event safe. Barricades and all the things that go into planning it," said Camin Bell, of the parade committee.
On a brighter note, minus the sunshine, the Brookside Art Annual will kick off on Saturday at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be more than 180 artists at the 28th Art Annual. All types of art will be on display including a children's art activity area.
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