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NCAA track, field championships to start

For the second time in four years, Ohio Wesleyan University will host the NCAA Division III men's and women's outdoor track and field championships from May 22-24 at OWU's Selby Stadium.

The community is invited to watch the competition, during which children can participate in their own track and field championships and other activities will contribute to what an OWU news release called a "festive, family environment."

Tickets will be $8 per day general admission or $20 for a three-day wristband. Tickets for senior citizens and students will be $5 per day or $12 for a three-day wristband. Children age 4 and younger will be admitted free.

Ticket sales will begin at 10:30 a.m. each day. Competition will run from noon to 9 p.m. May 22; from 1 to 8 p.m. May 23 and from noon to 6 p.m. May 24.

Several downtown businesses will stay open late during the championships, and some will offer discounts to people wearing paid NCAA admission wristbands. Main Street Delaware also is coordinating a "Fourth Friday" community celebration May 23 to celebrate the championships.

The meet will include the following events: the 100- 200- and 400-meter dashes; 800-, 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs; 3,000-meter steeplechase; 100-, 110- and 400-meter hurdles; high jump; long jump; triple jump; pole vault; javelin; shot put; discus; hammer; heptathlon; and decathlon. Relay events will include the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.

Ohio Wesleyan and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are the only two schools to host the championships more than once in the last 10 years. Much of the competition will be held inside Selby Stadium, one of the 11 OWU sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The stadium is believed to be the oldest facility in the country constructed to Olympic specifications and remaining in its original configuration.

For more about the NCAA championships, including volunteer opportunities and competition times, visit owu.edu/ncaa.

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