Track Meet Timer Duty was a Challenging Time

etc guy timersWe stood on the bleachers, eight of us squinting.  I was one of the eight, a volunteer  ”timer” for Maggie’s track meet.  I was more stressed out than the athletes. The officials assigned us stopwatches.  I got timer #7 thinking that I’d time Lane #7. Nope. I was to track runners and time the runner who finished in 7th place.  All by eyeball and a quick twitching thumb muscle. Several volunteers fretted.  One parent asked if I wanted to trade for timer #3 , #4, or #5.

“No thanks, I’m a rookie,” I said.  ”Plus, the LASIK eye-surgery I had seven years ago wore out.  I have mono-vision.  I’m both near and far-sighted, but mostly near.”

It was easy work for distances 300 meters or longer. But for the 100 or 200 meter sprints….what a traffic jam keeping track of who was 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th. Eye tests should be required for parent volunteer timers.etc guy starter pistolThe guy with the starting gun had it best. Point up and shoot, that’s all he had to do.

“Don’t just listen for the bang,” one dad said.  ”Watch the gun for smoke.  Or you’ll be off.”

Maggie signed up to run the 100 and 200. I told her the 200 wasn’t much farther. “Dad, it’s TWICE as far!”

2013 Audi S4 SedanI seldom got A’s in math.  It’s getting harder to outsmart that kid.

For the 100 meter race I recorded a time of 7.4 seconds. A WORLD RECORD.  Nearly as fast as an Audi S4.  Amazing.

The head official grabbed my stopwatch, shrugged, and switched timers. I got demoted to timer #8 (last place).

Maybe I’m better off judging the shot put.


NOTE to readers:  Hey folks, I’ve been writing a new book and getting more magazine work.  Pretty cool.  Visit my main Etc.Guy  site, or join the Etc.Guy Facebook page and LIKE it for weekly updates.  Copies of my book “Let Me Tell You a Story” are available at Lyon Books in downtown Chico and also at the Etc. Guy Store.


This entry was posted in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Track Meet Timer Duty was a Challenging Time

  1. Kirk Baskett says:

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Bonny Monaco says:

    Enjoyed reading this.

  3. Denisha Stansfield says:

    Found you using msn. This is a really well written article… bookmarked to come back. Thanks for the post.

  4. Evangeline Courtice says:

    Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance. Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very technical but I can figure things out. I’m thinking about making
    my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Appreciate it.

    • Eric Miller says:

      Hello Evangeline, I’m also not very technical so I hired out help to set things up. I prefer to focus on content and hate wasting time trouble-shooting technical issues. Drives me crazy. My greatest limit lately is time…thanks for commenting and good luck. Eric

  5. Cecile Mascorro says:

    Good blog you have here.. It’s difficult to find excellent writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    • Eric Miller says:

      Thanks Cecile, I also published several stories in my book “Let Me Tell You a Story” which is available via Amazon. Feel free to visit my main blog at and click on the Etc. Guy Store for more information. Eric

  6. Betsy Weems says:

    Post writing is fun, looks like your having a good time.

  7. Kevin B says:

    Your site has quality posts…thanks.

  8. Damon Peltier says:

    Hello, outstanding blog!

  9. Hortense L says:

    I stumbled over here from a different site and checked things out. I like what I see so now I’m following you. Look forward to more.

  10. Christy Watts says:

    Marvelous website! Keep it up.

  11. M Ethridge says:

    Hey I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to new updates.

Comments are closed.