Wind can really impact a track & field meet, especially with the sprinting races like the 100m and 200m dash. Not only are these races run completely or primarily in one direction, but the margins of victory are also very narrow, being measured in hundredths of seconds. A mild wind, either helping or restricting the athletes, will be significant factor in their finishing times. Although all of the runners in a particular race face the same wind, runners competing at different times or at different places will face varying conditions. This becomes an issue if you want to keep track of say, the world record for an event. How do you compare a runner who ran with the wind to one who ran against the wind? To deal with this issue, some simple rules have been created to regulate wind-aided performances.
The rules of wind assistance only apply to those track events which are short enough to be run in only one direction. These include sprint races of 60 meters, 100 meters, and 200 meters, the 100/110 meter hurdles; and the triple jump and long jump.
In these events, the maximum legal wind assistance is 2.0 meters per second. If the runners of a race receive more wind assistance than this, their times will not be eligible as collegiate, national, or world records. (In high school track events, the wind is usually not measured or considered.)
Therefore, every track and field program should have a wind gauge on hand in holding their track meets. VS Athletics offers athletic departments the most affordable and user-friendly wind gauge on the market—the VS Compact Wind Gauge, which is manufactured by WeatherHawk.
Visit the VS Athletics website for more information on this Wind Gauge.
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