The Pittsburg State University men’s and women’s track & field teams have pushed back the Wendy’s/PSU Open by a day due to the forecast of inclement weather in the Pittsburg area.
The Pittsburg State University men’s and women’s track & field teams have pushed back the Wendy’s/PSU Open by a day due to the forecast of inclement weather in the Pittsburg area. The outdoor season-opening meet, originally scheduled for noon today now will take place at the same time on Sunday at Prentice Gudgen Track.
The meet field will be filled by the Gorillas, MIAA rival Missouri Southern State University, Fort Scott Community College, and a handful of athletes from Johnson County Community College.
While the meet will be small — MIAA rival University of Central Missouri withdrew from the competition following the move to a Sunday meet — PSU head coach Russ Jewett stressed the importance of getting the outdoor season under way.
“It’s unfortunate that the weather hasn’t fully cooperated, but it’s essential to get started with the outdoor season this weekend,” Jewett said. “With athletes who compete in events like the javelin and discus, they did not have an indoor season. When you look at a calendar there’s only so many opportunities for competitions so it would be detrimental to miss a week.
“We don’t expect great performances from our athletes necessarily, but we expect them to embrace the opportunity to compete at the highest level possible.”
The Wendy’s/PSU Open starts an uncharacteristic stretch of three consecutive weeks with home meets. The Gorillas will host the PSU Triangular against UCM and Fort Hays State University on Apr. 4 and Pitt State will host the Gorilla Classic on Apr. 11.