1,600 student athletes, coaches and staff are expected to converge at Sacramento State’s AG Spanos Sports Complex. Among them is Ezra Jones from Mississippi State. He’ll be competing in the 4-by-400 meter relay.
Last year his school placed 7th. Jones says they hope to do better.
"Yeah I am pretty excited because I feel like we’ve got an outside shot to win it this year."
This is the 4th year Sacramento State has hosted the competition. Kathleen Rasky who heads Sac State’s Men’s and Women’s Track and Field program says it’s a feather in the university’s cap and it’s especially meaningful for the local athletes competing.
"To compete at home is one of the most special things that they can do as a collegiate athlete. It’s very unique and not everybody gets to do it everyday."
Sacramento State will be represented by 4 athletes competing in hurdles, shot put and sprinting. The championships, which run through Saturday, are expected to attract thousands of fans.
University officials say the event may cause traffic delays around campus.