Track And Field Championships Get Wet Start

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

"Welcome to day one of the 2005 NCAA men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships."

The rain may have kept some spectators away judging by the spotty attendance in the stands, but it didn’t stop the competition, albeit on a damp track and field at the Alex G. Spanos stadium.

Wednesday's events included the 100 meter decathlon. Peggy Shullson of Salt Lake City was one of the few in the stands. "Well we’re here mainly for the decathlon because our nephew is doing it for the University of Montana. He just came in second. I just wish the weather would clear up."

Jim Kilmartin’s son Donovan also ran the race. They’re from Austin, Texas. He says the cool, wet weather definitely has an impact on the athletes. "Your hamstrings tighten up more so you can’t fully extend your legs. We had the same problem in Austin last year. Iit happens, but we enjoy being here in Sacramento."

Thursday’s events include the men’s and women’s 200-meter semifinal and the hurdles decathlon. The championships continue through Saturday and highlights of the meet will be nationally televised by CBS on June 18th.