May 30, 2018
SAN MATEO - A national telecast of the 2018 California Community College Athletic Association Track & Field Championships will debut on ELEVEN SPORTS USA on Wednesday evening, May 30, from 6-8 p.m. (P.T.).
The 2-hour edited show from the 68th state meet at Bakersfield College has reairs scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 10 p.m. – midnight (P.T.) and for June 5, 7–9 a.m. (P.T.).
ELEVEN SPORTS is available on many satellite and cable outlets throughout the country, including on DIRECTV channel 623, Verizon Fios channel 597, and AT&T U-verse channel 1665.
--It is believed that this is the first national network telecast of a CCCAA championship event. Track & field is the CCCAA’s largest state championship -- with more than 80 women’s and men’s teams involved this year!
The show opens with a ceremony involving Jim Ryun that commemorates his world record 3:51.1 mile set on the Bakersfield Stadium track just over a half century ago. Featured in conjunction with that ceremony is a message from another mile world record breaker, Sebastian Coe, now the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He emphasized the importance of running and pointed to the 24 mile races which will be run in each time zone around the world on Global Running Day, June 6.
The telecast (and earlier live webcast) was sponsored by the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association, with underwriting by Wall2Wall Sport. It was produced by Fred Baer, College of San Mateo Sports Information Director.
Host announcer was George Devine, Jr., with interviews by Gary Dilley (retired CSM athletic director) and commentary by Mark Covert (retired Antelope Valley Coach) and Baer.
SHOW AVAILABLE VIA PENTV’S YOUTUBE LINK: Major production facilities were provided by PenTV (with Executive Director Bridget Michelsen directing the production). The edited program can be viewed, on demand, on that Silicon Valley network’s website:
Full streaming coverage of the May 18-19 State Championships and the May 11 Northern California Championships meet is archived on baosn.tv. More than 12 hours of original coverage is featured.
(Fred Baer, College of San Mateo Athletics)