The men's and women's track and field teams were set to get back in action earlier today on the Kansas University campus for the NCAA West Prelims. Unfortunately, day one did not happen as tornadoes sweeping through Kansas made that impossible. All of today's events will be absorbed tomorrow, making for an even more hectic Friday for those competing.
BREAKING! All of the events at the West Prelims have been suspended for the day. Events will resume tomorrow. Schedule in the works #NCAATF— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 26, 2016
The only Duck to see action was in the first event, the hammer throw. Greg Skipper only got in one throw (226-1) before competition was halted, where he is currently third.
The meet goes through Saturday and is a good indicator of how the Ducks will fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships a few weeks from now. Only 12 athletes move on from individual races, while the top 8 relay teams in each event will also advance. Oregon has 26 men and 32 women competing in all. Of those, two decathletes (Joe Delgado and Mitch Modin) have secured spots by virtue of top-24 scores.
Below you can see specifically why competition was called off for the day. Less than ideal conditions, most would agree.
The running events will get started at 8 a.m. with the men's 10,000 while the field events will get underway with the men's hammer throw an hour later.
Dramatic footage shows destructive tornado tearing through Kansas. https://t.co/oTySxFdzI5 https://t.co/AL7Jjo4EDa— ABC News (@ABC) May 26, 2016