NCAA D-I Outdoor Championships Suspended on Thursday Due to Storms

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 9, 2011   

(updated at 8:20 am CT Friday with start times)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A rain delay that began at 8:15 p.m., central time, on Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, turned into an outright suspension of meet activities indefinitely. The NCAA Track & Field Subcommittee announced Thursday night around  10:15 p.m., that remaining events that had started or had yet to be started would be contested at times yet to be determined.

The NCAA will update about Thursday’s suspended and postponed events by 8 a.m., central time, Friday morning. Previously, the meet was scheduled to resume on Friday at 3 p.m., central, with the women’s hammer throw.

Here’s a summary of events affected:

* Men’s Decathlon – (Suspended, Resumes Friday at 10:30 a.m. CT) – The javelin (ninth event) was in the midst of the second round when action was suspended. Action will eventually resume in a third day with the completion of the javelin and the running of the 1500 meters. Current Standings: Javelin | Overall

* Men’s Long Jump – (Suspended, Resumes Friday at 3 p.m. CT) – Only four jumps remain in the entire competition that was in the sixth- and final round. Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha is the leader with at 27-6 3/4 (8.40m). Makusha, Damar Forbes (LSU), Will Claye (Florida), and defending champion Marquise Goodwin (Texas) will have final attempts to come. Current Long Jump Standings

* Women’s 4×400 Relay Semifinal – (Suspended, Friday at 11 a.m.) – Two of three heats had completed before the delay. Tennessee won the first heat in 3:32.98, followed by Kansas (3:33.31) who earned the other automatic qualifying spot to the finals. Heat two was won by Oregon in 3:31.04, and Penn State, second at 3:31.76, earned an automatic bid to the finals. LSU (3:32.88) and Arizona (3:33.00) are on the “time-qualifier bubble” and will have to wait until the conclusion of the third heat for their fates. Heat three is scheduled to have Arizona State, TCU, Florida, North Carolina, Auburn, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech.

* Men’x 4×400 Relay Semifinal, Men’s 10,000-Meter Final – (Postponed, Men’s 4×400 rescheduled for 11 a.m. [following women’s 4×400 semifinal conclusion], Men’s 10k final rescheduled for 4 p.m. CT ) – Scheduled for this evening, these events have been postponed to a time to be determined. No word on the possibility of conducting the 4×400 relay as a final only. Those answers will come Friday morning.