Newell School Track . By: Jakota M. History of Track.
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Sprints: The runners race over short distances, or sprints, are among the oldest running competitions. The one with the fastest times wins, and they get medals and ribbons. The first one to pass a line wins.
Middle distance: Runners start the race from a standing position along a curved starting line and after hearing the starter's pistol they all follow the tracks to the finish lines.
Long distance: The runners start at the starting line, and race to the finish line, and they race miles and miles.
The first known event, held in 1830, was a variation of the 100-yard dash that included heavy wooden barriers as obstacles.
Athletic track stars which a runner races over obstacles called hurdles, Runners must remain in lanes throughout a race, and although they may knock hurdles down while running over them, a runner who’s foot or leg alongside a hurdle or knocks it down with a hand is disqualified. The first hurdler to complete the course is the winner.