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Over the last five decades, track and field athletes from Lancaster County and across the region have flocked to Millersville's All-Comers meets.

But with no successors in line to organize the events, meet officials have decided to discontinue the summer series.

"A few individuals have managed the series over the past 49 years and are ready to pass it on to others," Tom Ecker, a meet director, wrote in an email Monday, "but there are no takers." 

Ecker, involved with the meets since 1971, said there were no current plans to restart the meets, founded in 1970 by Cy Fritz, who coached the Marauders' cross country and track and field programs during his distinguished career.

Millersville's all-comers meets, free of charge for most of the series' history, drew athletes of all ages and skill levels, from elementary-age sprinters to PIAA-champion throwers to masters-level runners. Among the entires in 2018 were Ezra Mellinger, Lampeter-Strasburg's PIAA champion in the 200-meter dash and long jump, Sunflower Greene, Millersville's national-champion thrower and members of the Lancaster City Track Club and Harrisburg's DRIVE Track Club.