The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

May 15, 2014

Prom day events will keep some students running

MIDDLEBURG — DANVILLE — As Danville High School students are getting ready to get dolled up for the prom Saturday, some are also getting prepared to lace up their sneakers for the District 4 track and field championships, also Saturday.

The track and field championships are being held throughout the day in Athens — a two-hour drive from Danville. The prom will be held Saturday evening.

Scheduling conflicts happen each year as the district works to schedule the annual prom, which involves renting equipment and reserving spaces far in advance, around other events, said athletic Director Ron Kanaskie.

However Kanaskie said he doesn’t expect any conflicts from the two events.

“We don’t foresee any problems with getting back on time,” he said.

Boy’s track and field coach Barry Seidel said some of his nearly 20 team members participating in Saturday’s event, which starts at 9:30 a.m., have raised concerns about getting to both events, but that coaches are working to make sure everyone gets to attend both, if they want.

“Whenever you have an event such as prom, you have kids with concerns about their making it home for their other commitment,” he said. “And we do what we can to make it happen.”

Athletes can request their parents take them home from the event — their only chance to qualify for the PIAA track and field championships next weekend in Shippensburg — once they’ve competed, rather than ride the bus home from the meet, Kanaskie said.

“Some of the kids have made arrangements once their event is over,” he said.

The last event is scheduled to begin at 4:50 p.m., which will cut it close for a 7 p.m. prom, but the conflict between the two events is something the organizers have dealt with before, Kanaskie said.

“I don’t foresee any problems with this, everyone has these conflicts,” he said.

Promenade begins at 6 p.m. at the High School on the roadway between the Primary Center and the high school, and prom is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with a 9 p.m. king and queen crowning, according to the school.

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