Nearly 800 of the country’s most accomplished track & field athletes will compete May 26-28 at the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s national outdoor track & field championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.
Competition will begin at noon each day at Selby Stadium and George Gauthier Track and continue under the lights May 26-27.
Turner Broadcasting System will be on hand to webstream much of the competition online and to interview winning athletes. A link for the streams is not available yet, but it will be posted on the Battling Bishop Athletics site prior to the competition. (Just click on the NCAA logo.) CBS Sports also will be on hand to tape parts of the national championships for broadcast at a later date.
Also adding excitement to the event is the addition of a new video scoreboard, funded with private gifts including a lead gift from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The video scoreboard will become a permanent feature at Selby Stadium.
Student-athletes who qualify for the national championships will compete in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1500-meter run, 5000-meter run, 10,000-meter run, 3000-meter steeplechase, 100-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, javelin, shot put, discus, hammer, heptathlon, and decathlon. Relay events include the 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter relays. Several OWU students are expected to compete.
Competition will last until approximately 10 p.m. May 26-27 and 6 p.m. May 28. Many area restaurants will stay open late to accommodate evening diners and will offer special discounts to those wearing paid NCAA admission wristbands. Main Street Delaware also is coordinating a special “Fourth Friday” event May 27 to help celebrate the championships and entertain guests.
Admission will be $8 per day for adults or $20 for a three-day wristband, and $5 per day for students and senior citizens or $12 for a three-day wristband. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted free.
All Delaware County middle-school students are invited to attend the competition free of charge May 26. Those who attend that day will be given a coupon for a half-price parent admission, good in conjunction with a paid middle-school child admission May 27 or May 28.