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to.netp wrote at 2011-02-27 17:09:04





Can someone fill in the blank

Bob wrote at 2013-04-19 00:06:03
Dick Howland:

No problem,I happen to know of two other positions in a relay race. I myself often end up being the "Anchor," but I've also heard of the names of the 1st and 2nd positions, they are called the Starter and the Chaser, but I don't know what they call the 3rd one...sorry.


ggg wrote at 2013-05-16 18:14:41
The starter is called "rabbit" and the last is "anchor"

moe-diggity wrote at 2015-05-01 07:59:35
I have heard the terms:

1 - Kicker (kicks off the relay)

2 - Hunter (Chases down next in line)

3 - Sniper (Finds next "prey")

4 - Anchor (self explanatory)

I've also heard groups call themselves the following:

1 - Ace/Deuce/Thrice/Kicker

2 - A/B/X/Y and Triangle/Square/X/Circle (buttons on xbox and playstation controllers)

3 - Uno/Dos/Tres/Quatro

4 - fast/faster/fastest/faster than y'all

5 - flash/superman/sonic/thor & batman (my anchor of this team always changed names depending on how the race went.  Thor would be when he brought the "hammer" down and batman when he "would shut the door/knock the lights out"

I've had some fun groups over the years.  

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I am a master USATF Track and Field official and can answer questions about officiating high school (NFHS), college (NCAA), National (USATF) and international in field events. I am not a coach except for other officials. My specialties are the Field events except pole vault.


I delight in meeting athletes from all backgrounds and ages. I have even officiated field events for a one hundred year old long jumper as well as many "Master" and "Senior" athletes. Special olympics is a great event for officials to volunteer and see the essence of good sport on the faces of the athletes. After thirty three years as a trial lawyer in Massachusetts with a focus on sports law, among others, I retired and devote much of my time to officiating. I referee soccer, time football, officiate swimming and diving, and officiate and start all events in track and field. My special focus in field events. In high school and college I played soccer, squash and lacrosse, but track was not available in any depth then. Since I was a lawyer I began officiating and training to officiate sports which I could fit into my schedule. I honestly do not remember when I first started track and field officiating, but estimate that I have been very active for at least fifteen years. I regularly officiate all events and levels.

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