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State Track and Field championships hosted in Dayton for the first time in 20 years

The Ohio State High School Track and Field Championships are being held in Dayton for the first time in 20 years.

As reported on News Center 7 at 5:30, the event means thousands of athletes and their supporters are in town for the weekend.

“We have nine athletes competing today and tomorrow and all of them have people coming with them so it’s a great time to be at the championships in Dayton,” said Matt Rittman, track and field coach.

The event comes two weeks after News Center 7 first reported about some coaches complaining that a few teams had their athletes competing in more than the allotted 16 meet schedule, a complaint that the OHSAA dismissed, adding they will make a rule change next season to clarify it applies to each athlete.

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Now the focus is on the Miami Valley and the championships.

Destination Dayton CEO and President Jackie Powell says it once again proves the community is capable of hosting major state events.

“We’ve hosted the boys and girls state tournaments for basketball. We have a division that’s doing their golf event in October. So we want to continue to perpetuate those types of relationships because it is great business for our community and it does bring 1000s of people in again who are helping the local economy,” Powell said.

The Division 3 teams will compete at Welcome Stadium with Division 1 and 2 wrapping up Friday and Saturday— All expected to pump more than a million dollars into the local economy.