By Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (May 7) – Chad Holladay scored his second consecutive iWireless IMCA Late Model feature win in a caution-free 25-lap main event Saturday at West Liberty Raceway.Veteran Ron Boyse led the first few circuits before Holladay made his move into the lead using the high line off turn four. Boyse ran a very strong second, crossing under the checkers ahead of Nick Marolf.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds saw Chris Zogg work his way to the front from a fourth row start, setting up a battle for the lead with Andrew Schroeder. The two frontrunners swapped the lead several times using the slide jobs to perfection.Zogg was able to secure the lead for good on lap 15 en route to the 20-lap win. Schroeder ran second ahead of Jerry Luloff.The Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMods saw great racing for the lead between eventual winner Logan Anderson and Cody Harris. Anderson took the lead coming to the white flag and held off Harris for a car length win. Colton Livesy came across the finish line in third.David Brandies broke out of a pack early on in the 15 lap Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Car main and went on to win the caution-free main event. Johnny Spaw battled his way to the front and settled for second ahead of Greg Gill.The US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact feature win went to Cody VanDusen, who was able to hold off Jacob Smith at the finish of the 10 lap main event.Racing will continue on Saturday, May 14th with the Lil’ Racer Car Club holding its annual world’s largest candy scramble. The club will be out to break the 2015 record of 714 pounds of candy.
…World Athletics issues guidelines for return to Track and FieldBy Rawle Toney WITH World Athletics over the weekend publishing health and safety guidelines to assist competition organisers to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus when staging in-stadium outdoor events during the current pandemic, the Athletics Association of Guyana said they are not only ready to comply with the track and field’s governing body, but is ready to put whatever is needed in place to see the sport’s return locally. The guidelines, drafted by World Athletics’ Health and Science Department, also address the post-peak period, as described by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are based on scientific and medical knowledge of the virus responsible for Covid-19.The document offers guidance for professional athletes, support staff, technical officials, workforce, volunteers, medical staff and media. Although it doesn’t include guidelines regarding spectators, the WHO has produced a document and risk-assessment tools for mass gatherings.Aubrey Hutson – AAG presidentCompetition organisers are advised to undertake a four-point risk assessment for all accredited attendants. If an individual scores two or higher, it is recommended that they should undergo a medical clearance protocol before the event.“Our plan is to comply with the guidelines set out by World Athletics and our local health ministry.The AAG will source the necessary protective gears for our officials and observe all other protocols in preparation for local competition. We must do this to protect our athletes and officials,” AAG president Aubrey Hutson told Chronicle Sport.Hutson noted that the AAG is “humbly hoping for early August,” to see track and field return in Guyana.Meanwhile, in the guidelines sent to the respective member associations, World Athletics said that organisers should provide a welcome bag that includes single-use masks (three per day, minimum), bottles of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and a leaflet to explain the health and safety protocols for that particular event.World Athletics also recommended that spectators and accredited personnel should have two completely separate entrances and the flows should not cross.Accredited personnel should only be granted access to the competition venue if wearing a face mask and with their personal hand sanitizer.Face masks should be worn by everyone in the stadium, with the exception of athletes when warming up or competing in their event.Warm-up zones should be large open-air areas within a short walking distance of the competition stadium, and access to it should be strictly controlled. Athletes should be invited to enter the warm-up area following a specific timetable. All accredited personnel should wear a mask and wash their hands before entering warm-up zones or dedicated toilets.Masks should also be worn in call rooms, which should be arranged in an outdoor location. It is also mandatory to disinfect chairs between each use.IN COMPETITIONThe number of people on the field of play should be kept to a minimum, and officials who will be coming into close contact with athletes should wear protective glasses or a plastic face shield, in addition to their mask.Once athletes have crossed the finish line, they should try to keep their distance from the public and officials, where possible, until they collect their belongings from the call room.SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR INDIVIDUAL DISCIPLINESAs it relates to on-field, World Athletics said starting blocks should be cleaned between each race and chlorine should be added to the water jump for the steeplechase.Relay batons should be cleaned between each use, and relay teams should be discouraged from gathering or hugging after a race, while the use of hand sanitizer should be recommended before each attempt in vertical jumps.Officials, the sport’s governing body said, should clean the landing mat between each jump, using a mop and veridical solution or use a thin layer of recyclable plastic or tissue that can be placed on the jumping mat. Sand in jumping pits should be mixed with a solution that contains biodegradable and non-skin-aggressive virucide agent.Officials who handle throwing implements should clean their hands or use disposable gloves after each handling and in combined events, the room used by athletes to recover between disciplines should be open-air, if possible.Coaches should be encouraged to interact with their athletes using electronic devices.AFTER COMPETITIONThe Media mixed zones, World Athletics stated, should also be outside, if possible, and the number of people in the area should be kept to a minimum.A plexiglass screen should be placed between the athletes and the media, and cleaned after each interview, and separate interview boxes should be used if there are multiple positions. Without screens, a safety dead zone of three metres should be adopted when journalists interview athletes, and masks should be used by both parties.To keep the number of people on the field of play to a minimum, live award ceremonies are not recommended, but alternative digital solutions are encouraged.Once the competition has concluded, a thorough disinfection procedure should be undertaken.