The Division I NCAA Track and Field Championships have taken over Nampa this weekend. Around 550 of the top student athletes in the country, including about 25 aspiring Olympians, opened competition yesterday at Jacksons Indoor Track.
The event is already off and running, literally. Friday a number of preliminary events were held, with the highlight events starting tonight including both the men’s and women’s mile finals.
When the athletes aren’t competing, they are soaking up Idaho.
“We went downtown and checked out the blue turf over at the football stadium. We had to do that,” said Lindsay Schwartz, a sophomore pentathlon athlete from the University of South Alabama. As a pentathlon athlete, Schwartz will compete in five events: hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and the 800 meter run.
Friday had big highlights, including the first four of seven events in the men’s heptathlon. The last three events start today at 10:30 a.m. The heptathalon is a viewer’s showcase, with two top Olympic candidates vying for the title. Gray Horn from the University of Florida and Mantas Silkauskas from Kansas State University both hope to compete in the Olympics. After four events, Horn and Silkauskas sit in second and ninth place respectively. Also of note in this event is Kurt Felix of Boise State. Felix sits in second place overall after strong performance in the high and long jump.
Another local highlight from Friday was Boise State’s Mele Vaisima. She finished sixth overall in the women’s weight throw.
Follow the meet live, get stats and check a schedule of events here.