Submitted by Cara Wells.
Ron Banner, assistant superintendent at the Clover Park School District walked into a meeting 30 minutes late on Thursday, September 16. The meeting was regarding the Lakes Cross County team’s annual Fort Steilacoom Invite hosted and held the following Saturday Sept. 18 at Fort Steilacoom Park.
He quickly declared the meet cancelled due to weather conditions and was unyielding to the outcry that followed. He claimed there would be five inches of rain that could cause the old oaks to fall on the runners, despite the fact that the forecast on the wether channel predicted a mere 1/4” precipitation.
The consequences of this last minute cancellation were devastating. Of course the entire Cross Country team of 50 students that prepared for weeks had to be notified that the whole thing was cancelled, and the varsity runners even abstained from the last meet in order to compete at this at the varsity level lost two track meets.
Numerous volunteers and equipment rentals were paid for in advance. Food trucks were ordered and ready to arrive, shirts were ordered to sell and still more were created and paid for to provide to volunteers with the date on them, medals were created and delivered, 90 schools from around the Pacific Northwest with over 3,900 runners, many had booked hotel rooms and transportation to compete…the list goes on, and all had to be notified two days before the invite that it all was cancelled because of 1/4” rain.
Something this rash has to have deeper reasons. The question is why was the single most important event to the Lakes High School Cross Country team cancelled two days before the event? It was to pay for all the seasons transportation and events, equipment and warmup suits, and a trip to the upcoming Sunfair Invitational in Eastern Washington.
How will the team come up with the money now? What’s the real story here Ron Banner?