By Michael O'Brien

IHSA says no to Nike

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The IHSA on Friday posted an announcement warning track and field coaches not to let their athletes compete in next month's Nike Indoor Nationals if they want to be eligible for the state series this spring.

"The (Nike) meet does not meet the standards set forth in IHSA By-Law 3.100," the IHSA statement said. "... Apparently, Illinois athletes registered for this event have been sent an email by their meet management that incorrectly interprets the IHSA By-Law. The email states that as long as the Illinois athlete has joined their high school team by the time of this meet that they meet the standards in By-Law 3.100. THIS IS INCORRECT!"

The sticking point appears to be that the Nike meet is an in-season competition that is not "sponsored and conducted directly by the National Governing Body for the sport."

Illinois athletes' participation in the Nike Outdoor Nationals isn't affected by this ruling because that meet comes after the IHSA season has ended.

The Nike Indoor Nationals is the meet in which Sandburg's Lukas Verzbicas (then a student at Lincoln-Way Central) set a national high school record last year in the indoor 5,000 meters, going 14:29.80.

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Leave it to the IHSA, for its own selfish reasons, to deprive kids an opportunity for exposure and possibly scholarships.

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