SALEM - The 22nd annual F.E. Cope Girls Invitational is moving to East Palestine's Reid Stadium on Friday.
Due to issues with the new all-weather surface at Reilly Stadium's track, it will not be ready in time for the meet.
"They called after hearing about our situation and offered it about two months ago," Salem athletic director Todd Huda said.
He said East Palestine is not charging for use of its facility.
"We're very appreciative of them so we can keep this track meet going," Huda said.
"We're just being a good neighbor," East Palestine athletic director Rick Istnick said. "They're in trouble with their track. They didn't want to give up the meet. Rather than them looking at a bunch of places, I called them and said if you're interested in us hosting the meet, we'd be glad to do it."
The Reilly Stadium track was expected to be repaired by last Friday, but snow pushed that back by a week. Now the track is to be completed by this Friday, although it will not be available for use and will not be painted until Monday.
The track was resurfaced last summer, but lanes 4 and 5 (where the fastest runners line up) bubbled up, Huda said. Those repairs were covered by the contract with the company, he said.
Seventeen girls high school teams are scheduled to compete Friday, including Salem, East Palestine and Springfield.
The meet begins at 4 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $6 for adults and $4 for students.
The meets are held in honor of the late F.E. Cope, a longtime Salem athletic director and track official.