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5 runners collapse at Orange County track meet as temperatures soar

Amid record heat Wednesday in Southern California, five high school runners collapsed while competing in a track meet at a Fullerton park, a city official said.

The meet involved seven area high schools, none of them in Fullerton, and was held at Craig Regional Park, said Sylvia Palmer, a spokeswoman for the city.

Palmer said that she did not know the exact condition of the runners or what schools they were from but that they did not sustain serious injuries.

Temperatures in the area climbed into the high 90s.

-- Rick Rojas

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Oh my goodness!

FYI, Track is typically contested in the spring. Usually, it's Cross Country in the fall. They are separate sports, one involving running around an oval track, the other with a mixture of trails, roads, and grassy areas.

Check your calendar: it is November. That would have been a cross country meet, not a track meet - trivial to the unwashed, perhaps, but crucial to the initiated.

What the heck is the matter with you people? Even the Army has limits on activities during excessive heat. The track meet is more important then the health of the kids? It's all in 'the name of the game'? 'Oh it happens all the time'? People flip out from exposing their children to cigarette smoke yet don't seem to care when their children are about to have their little proteins denatured in their heads. That's messed up.

Stop the slaughter before any more runners are down. It seems like there are deaths at most marathons these days. I ran the 440 yard dash under Jim Bush at Fullerton High and have had to have 0ne hip replaced. My buddy Darrell who ran the same, had to have both replaced. For God's sake, limit all races to 100 yards. Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba


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