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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2018

Pekin’s Davis Eidahl gives Panthers side of SEISC meet mistakes

By Justin Webster | May 10, 2018

If you read the sports section of the Ledger Wednesday, you saw that the Pekin boys team was dropped to second-place in the final team standings at the SEISC North track meet five days after the event was held at Louisa-Muscatine when it was ruled that a Wapello runner was incorrectly scored and a Panther runner was given too many points. This resulted in a change of order with the Indians coming out on top and Pekin Head Coach Davis Eidahl less than excited with what was developing.

Tuesday night while I was working on the story, I emailed Coach Eidahl a simple question.

 

Thoughts on the scoring fiasco at the SEISC North meet?

 

I feel like his response warrants a forum for Panther supporters and local sports fans to hear his teams’ side of the story.

 

“In all of the years (55) that I have been coaching, I have never seen anything that went on at our conference meet like this before.

First, they took a boy that ran the 400 hurdles, did not give him a time, wrote down a time they gave him, and then later that night changed his place and gave him a faster time.

That was because the Winfield coach and Wapello coach decided that their runners were right next to each other and the times did not come out right.

Also, a parent in the stands showed a picture that they took of the race.

They had hand timing, no video of the race, no curve or exchange judges, and they did not announce full event results. They also did not inform schools of moving the high jump to the inside.

The starter signed the results after the meet, then the next day changed his mind after talking to the Louisa-Muscatine Activities Director and Wapello coaches.

I thought I was being a nice guy, and I pulled out Monico and Chandler from races that we would have won because I did not want to run up the score.

We could have buried them if we would have run strong in all events.

There were so many things that were done to make a joke of this meet.

Oh well, they can take the title from us the way they did, but everyone knows who the champion was.

We have a great bunch of boys on our team.

Their comment was, “Lets see what they do in the state meet.”

We have more important things to worry about.”

-Davis

The state track meet is May 17-19 in Des Moines.

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