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Wet WPIAL track meet brings back memories for Helbig

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Rain in May isn’t unusual. But longtime Baldwin track coach Ed Helbig could remember only one other meet with downpours that would rival those Thursday at the WPIAL championship.

It was 1967. He was a sophomore running the mile relay.

“Mt Lebanon had a cinder track with a four-inch lip on the inside,” Helbig said. “I looked down and I couldn’t see my feet.”

Otherwise, this was the worst, he said.

The WPIAL individual track and field championship was postponed Thursday evening with eight events left to finish. The meet will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday. The unfinished events were the 200, 800, 3200, 1600 relay, 300 hurdles and pole vault. Some long and triple jump finals also were incomplete.

“(The rain) was supposedly breaking up,” Helbig said, “and then it shifted and everything came from the south up.”

–Chris Harlan

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