Lane 1 is the tightest turn of all the lanes. The second slowest runner goes there.
If Lane 8 is the worst because the slowest runner gets it, then Lane 1 is the next to worst because of the tight turn.
The official barks out, slow and deliberately, “Runners to your mark!”
All the runners but me get down into starting blocks. jeff noel is only one using a standing start (Rookie!), in Lane 1. What seems like forever, and the official barks, “SET!”….