Lightning, Rain Delay NCAA Track Championships First Day

June 9, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas -- The hectic day on the schedule for Washington State University's Anthony Buchanan became a day of delays and waiting as torrential rains and lightning struck Mike A. Myers Stadium, the site of the NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships.

After arriving at the University of Texas Austin campus and proceeding with warm-ups, the Cougar competitors, along with fans and officials, were evacuated from the stadium and its metal seats. After the storm lingered through the evening, the NCAA officials met and revised the schedule.

Instead of anchoring the men's 4x100m relay in the prelims and running the 100m dash in both prelim and semifinal races, Buchanan will now run one less race. In the revised schedule released late Wednesday evening, the men's 4x100m relay prelims will being at Thursday at 1:30 p.m. PT and the men's 100m dash prelims are set for 3:30 p.m. PT. The eight fastest prelim times in the men's 100m dash will advance to the final as the semifinals have been eliminated.

So have the qualifying rounds for the men's long jump, where Cougar junior Matt Mason was originally scheduled to compete both Wednesday and Thursday. The revised schedule have the men's long jump being a final only, as competitors will utilize two long jump venues for the first three attempts and the best nine leapers will move to one pit for the final three jumps.

'Although it wasn't much fun standing around all day today, this schedule may end up being advantageous for us,' Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said. 'Matt, coming off an injury, will only have to warm up and compete once, instead of over two days. And Anthony will certainly be more rested with only two races to run tomorrow instead of three.'

Also scheduled to compete Thursday are Curt Borland in the men's javelin qualifying rounds and Tim Gehring in the men's shot put qualifying rounds.

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