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Delaware County Middle Schoolers Invited to Free Day May 26 at NCAA National Track & Field Championships Hosted by Ohio Wesleyan

April 19, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University will host the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s outdoor track & field championships from May 26-28 at Selby Stadium and George Gauthier Track, 45 S. Henry St. As part of the event, all Delaware County middle-school students are invited to attend free of charge on May 26.

“We think this is a great way to include Delaware youth in this national collegiate sports event,” said Kris Boey, OWU’s director of track & field and cross country. “NCAA recruitment guidelines prevent us from inviting high-school students to attend for free, but we hope those students and the community at-large will come to see the talented athletes who will be competing.”

The championships will begin at noon each day and last until approximately 10 p.m. May 26-27 and until 6 p.m. May 28. Spectators will see some of the country’s most accomplished college athletes 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 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays.

Admission will be $8 per day for adults or $20 for a three-day pass, and $5 per day for students and senior citizens or $12 for a three-day pass. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted free. Delaware County middle-school students who attend for free May 26 will be given a coupon for a discounted parent admission with a paid child admission during one of the remaining days of competition.

Nearly 800 student-athletes from across the country will participate in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) championships. More than 430 colleges and universities take part in Division III athletics.

The event will be one of the largest athletics events ever hosted on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, said Boey, who also serves as head coach of the Battling Bishop men’s and women’s track & field team.

“Ohio Wesleyan has a great tradition of hosting events, but this will be unlike anything we’ve done before,” Boey said. “We’re proud to be doing it and be a catalyst for OWU and the Delaware community on a national level.”

Learn more about the NCAA championships, including volunteer opportunities.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.