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Nebraska School Activities Association gears up for athletic meet with volunteers

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Thousands of people from across the state are on their way to Omaha.

The Nebraska State Track and Field Championships begin Wednesday morning.

Burke Stadium is all dressed up and ready for visitors. Nebraska School Activities Association officials expect record crowds during the four-day event.

“We’re going to have 30,000 spectators probably over four days, 2,500 competitors probably 225 schools will be represented,” said NSAA deputy director Nate Neuhaus. “A and B will be Wednesday and Thursday, then C and B Friday Saturday, so with these combined classes, the combined attendance, we’re probably looking to break records, I hope, especially with the good weather.”

NSAA officials say it takes a lot of volunteers to get this place ready for the big show.

“We are using dozens of student volunteers in the prep work and then once the athletics competition starts we will be using around a thousand volunteers to run this event and without them this wouldn’t be the event that he became,” Neuhaus said.

Bill Scarborough is one such volunteer.

Bill has coached almost every sport in his 40+ year career with the OPS. He volunteers to compete in track and field because he loves the sport, the fans and the athletes.

“It’s all the schools in the state of Nebraska that want the Burke road, they wear the t-shirts and the smaller towns of the bigger towns they respect to come and see this facility,” Scarborough said.

Bill has been a volunteer for the state track meet for 45 years, he doesn’t see his race ending any time soon.

“God willing, no. As long as I can, we will continue to do so, yes,” Scarborough said. “After knee surgery and back surgery, I thought maybe this would be it, you get healthy and when the itch gets closer when May hits good, it’s gone.”

Competition begins Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. with Class A and B events in the field.

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