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Track style question...need answer rather quickly

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by KYSportsWriter, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Got a question on how to word something. One track athlete I'm doing a feature on said "we didn't know if we would even have a 4x2 team," or something to effect.

    What I'm wondering is if I should leave the quote as "4x2" or change it to "4-by-2" or "800 team."
  2. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    We normally use 800 relay, so if that's your paper style or if your stle is 800 team you could use the quote 4x2 and add (800 team).
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    we have decided our style is 4-x-200 so I would make the quote;
    "We didn't know if we would even have a [4-x-200] team"

    Too many people won't understand the coachspeak "4-x-2"
  4. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    I just went with "...4x2 (800) team."

    Thanks guys.
  5. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    Not trying to be a smart ass, but did he actually say "four by two" or "four x two"? That's why I just would have made it clear it in parentheses and left whatever he said out completely.
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    4x200 relay team.
  7. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    AP Stylebook seems to suggest "800-meter relay" would be correct.

    I'd probably paraphrase the coach's comment.
  8. 4-by-200 or 4-by-2 if it's a quote
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