State track meet moves to Yakima

'Small schools' have competed in Cheney since 1996

A Memorial Day weekend staple in Cheney and at Eastern Washington University for the past quarter century will have a new home in 2023.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's 1A, 1B and 2B state track meet will move to Yakima and Zaepfel Stadium for its next edition, taking with it an estimated 1,600 athletes and an untold number of fans. The event will take place May 25-26-27 as part of a two-year contract.

The Yakima facility had undergone a significant upgrade that included new turf and running track in 2015 and has a two-year contract.

WIAA did not seek to move the event o...


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