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Only lightning -- not rain -- will stop today's meets

After the season area track and field teams have had to get through this spring, it would only make sense for rain to greet them at the state meet. Class AA begins its state meet today in Brandon, Class A is in Madison and Class B is at Howard Wo...

After the season area track and field teams have had to get through this spring, it would only make sense for rain to greet them at the state meet.

Class AA begins its state meet today in Brandon, Class A is in Madison and Class B is at Howard Wood Stadium in Sioux Falls. All three classes will meet up for Saturday's final session at Howard Wood.

And, after a season of cancellations due to bad weather, it looks like all three classes will see precipitation in their final action of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation today and a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday.

"The only thing we wouldn't run through is lightning," Mitchell track and field coach Geoff Gross said Thursday evening.

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Today's forecast calls for occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1 and 4 p.m. The high temperature is supposed to be near 64 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Class A and B's meets begin at 9:30 a.m. today. Class AA begins at 10:30 a.m. All classes are scheduled to finish Day 1 action at approximately 6 p.m.

Saturday calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Saturday's action is set to begin at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 3 p.m.

"It will run on schedule," Gross said the state meet. "It's part of the game and you have to come prepared."

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