The William F. Eddy Jr. Track & Field Meet
The Eddy Meet
Today the Eddy Meet is one of the most competitive events in the northeast and offers some of the best competition for track and field. It attracts nearly a thousand top-level high school athletes from the northeast. A great amount of time and energy goes into organizing a track meet of this size. It is one of the oldest and finest interscholastic track and field meets of its kind. In 1940, then Schenectady Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President William Shirkey, along with his executive board, went to the membership with an idea of doing something special for the young people. A committee was organized to plan the event. The committee contacted William F. Eddy Sr., a local high school coach, who had a reputation for excellence, to help organize that first track meet. Bill Eddy would serve as Meet Director for the next 42 years.
The first meeting of this annual series was held on May 31, 1941 at the Mont Pleasant High School. Originally the Eddy Meet would be known as the PBA Field Day. The first meet attracted an outstanding host of athletes from 35 high schools with 546 runners taking part. The meet grew by leaps and bounds to the point that hundreds of schools from all over the Eastern Seaboard were competing. The meet grew so large that following the 1957 meet, State Officials refused to sanction out of state schools. The Eddy Meet continues to be one of the best and most prestigious High School Track & Field Meets in New York State. The Schenectady PBA understands the importance of investing in our youth. Events like the Eddy Meet allows our youth to realize their full individual potential as productive members of society. Our philosophy is grounded in the belief that young people’s individual strengths and capabilities can guide them to mature, productive adulthood with our encouragement and commitment. The Eddy Meet offers experiential opportunities for young people to expand their horizons and realize their full potential.
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Estimated time before the Eddy Meet