Archive for Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Track meet provides photo-finish feeling

May 19, 2004

And the winner is . . . .

Just ask Carl Robison and David Walker.

The two THS faculty members were posted in a tent near the finish line at last Wednesday's Kaw Valley League meet.

With a camera perched above the timers' station, Robison and Walker monitored how each race finished.

The camera was hooked up to a monitor, which was hooked up to a camcorder, which was hooked up to a laptop computer. The duo had finishes of each race recorded for further review, if needed.

"It's a project that Carl has been working on for football," Walker said. "We thought we'd get a chance to test it out at the track meet."

That they did.

Robison, Tonganoxie High's technical facilitator, and Walker, a THS biology and media instructor, had to review the film on a few occasions to determine close finishes.

"We had a couple races that it worked out ideally for us," Walker said. "It took care of any human error that might exist."

The photo-finish tent again will be set up Friday for regionals in Tonganoxie.

And in the fall, the camera will be positioned behind the south end zone for football games.

"We're hoping to put a 15-foot pole behind the goal post," Walker said. "The team can use it for studying formations."

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