Photo by Sophia Perigo
By JD McKay
Unified track and field gives students who may not have the chance to play a school-sponsored sport that chance. FC has had a team since 2015. In their inaugural year, they had their best finish, finishing second in sectionals, losing by one point. Then, they placed fifth in state.
The IHSAA website states unified track and field is “The vision of this joint IHSAA / Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) sports project to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities to collectively represent their high school in an IHSAA sanctioned activity by participating together on a Unified Sports® team.”
Unified track and field has five events: shot put, long jump, 100-yard dash, 400-yard dash, and 4 by 100-yard dash. All students are racing together, with the winner earning points by heat. For example, there could be five heats of the 100-yard dash. The winner of each heat gets ten points, second eight points, and third six points. All the way to last scoring one point.
Starting next year, the IHSAA is introducing unified flag football. The IHSAA has not released much about this yet, but they have said that it will be like a typical football season, with a regular season, sectionals, regionals, semi-state, and state.
Next year if FC has a team, go support the team. I went to the unified track meet Monday and it was a new experience. Whenever someone was coming down the last 100 yards of the track and everyone was clapped for them, they found that next gear and went even faster. Imagine how cool it would be for our unified flag football team next year if we had a student section like we had a the New Albany basketball or Providence football games.