Chris Smith
This track is not completely meter made

Call it the "Incredible Shrinking Track." In a blunder of major proportions, a new track at Contreras High in downtown Los Angeles measures out at 390 meters -- 10 meters short of its designed length. Runners who thought their 400-meter times were real impressive will have to take a second look. "Surprising wasn't the word," Athletic Director Rose Low said when asked about her reaction to the flaw. "I almost passed out." Contreras opened in 2006 but the school didn't have a track and field team until this season, when concerns were raised. Low brought in Hal Harkness, long-time track administrator and former City Section commissioner, to examine...