BREWER, Maine — Due to a forecast of thunderstorms, the youth track and field state championship meet scheduled for Saturday at the Brewer Community School has been postponed to Sunday.
The schedule will remain the same, with both track events and field events getting under way at 9 a.m.
The meet, which is conducted by the Maine Association of USA Track and Field, is for children up to age 14, plus 15-year-olds who have not started high school.
Valaree Foss, president of USATF Maine, made the call Thursday night after thunderstorms and thundershowers were forecast by the National Weather Service to begin Thursday night and continue off and on through Saturday.
The NWS issued a flood advisory for poor draining areas of Penobscot County and northwestern Washington County for Thursday night based on its forecast of rain falling at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times.
The forecast for Sunday in Brewer is for mostly sunny weather and temperatures reaching the high 70s.
Foss said the safety of the attendees was paramount, and the postponement was announced early in order for athletes, parents, spectators, coaches and officials to change their travel plans accordingly.
The meet will determine state champions in four age groups — mites (ages 8 and under), bantams (9-10), midgets (11-12) and youth (13-14). The 15-year-olds who are eligible will compete within the youth group if there is space available.
Also, the teams are split into three divisions based on size, and the top team in each division will receive an award. According to Foss, the divisions are small (up to about 20 athletes), medium (approximately 30 to 40 athletes) and large (50 and over).
Admission for spectators is $2 per person, and children get in free.
On-site parking will be tight. There are about 300 parking spots at Brewer Community School, so alternate parking areas will be used for the overflow. Brewer High School, with about 350-400 spots, on Parkway South and a parking lot on Dirigo Drive will be the two sites.
Athletes, officials, coaches and buses will use a drop-off area at the school, then proceed to one of the alternate parking sites. Shuttle buses are scheduled to travel to those sites every 15 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
On-street parking will be banned on the surrounding streets, and organizers expect that the Brewer Police Department will strictly enforce the ban.