Over the weekend I spent some time at Mike A. Myers Stadium for the 2012 UIL State Track & Field Championships. I was there covering athletes for the Austin American Statesman, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and Houston Community Newspapers.
Competition spanned two days, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday. Schools were divided by divisions (1A-5A), and I had a list of athletes in almost every division.
The way this usually works for me is that newspapers will send me a list of athletes with their school name and event, and I make a master schedule for myself. There are often several events happening at the same time, so I have to juggle a bit. For example, I could shoot boys and girls high jump at the same time because those events happen side by side, and also get a shot of a runner as they pass on the track during a race. Thank goodness the field events give each athlete more than one turn!
The real trick is to find time to edit, transmit and eat.
Anyway, I could go on and on about logistics and strategy, but you really just want to see the photos. Here are a few of my favorites.