Scott Cody / Eyewitness Sports
NEW ORLEANS – A missed deadline on a registration form has cost a state champion runner a shot at another crown and six of her teammates a berth in the state indoor track meet this weekend in Baton Rouge.
Seven athletes from Edna Karr High were ruled ineligible because they were not registered in time for the meet.
The seven include Diamond Every, the defending state champion in the outdoor 400 meters who was trying to add the indoor title to her resume.
All seven of the girls had qualified to participate had it not been for the missed paperwork.
Coach Wayne Hardy admitted to the error and has apologized, though some at the school contend he isn’t even the team’s head coach.
Athletic Director Roch Weilbaecher says Hardy hasn’t been a paid head coach since the 08-09 school year. He said there are two paid coaches for women’s track, but that neither was responsible for signing the girls up.
Parents and some of the athletes say they were concerned that Hardy wasn’t even in attendance at the team’s last meet when many of the girls qualified for state.
The LHSAA said it must enforce the registration deadlines, adding that the only acceptable excuse would be a computer malfunction.