Oldenburg Advances on Soggy Second Day of MAC Championships

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May 13, 2011
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DEKALB, Ill. -- Courtney Oldenburg of the Northern Illinois women’s track and field team advanced to the finals of the 1,500-meter run on Friday during day two of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The first of the two 1,500-meter heats took place on schedule at approximately 1:30 p.m., but a six-hour weather delay meant that the second heat did not take place until 7:30 p.m. Oldenburg and Claire McAuley both ran the second of the two heats. Oldenburg finished sixth in the heat with a time of 4:38.02 and McAuley was 13th in 4:57.56. Oldenburg had the 10th-best time overall and advanced to the finals, scheduled for 12:35 p.m. on Saturday.

The women’s 1,500 meters was the first, and only, preliminary running event to take place on Friday. The preliminary round of all other running events has been canceled and all running events on Saturday will be completed as timed finals.

The only events completed on Friday were the men’s shot put, the heptathlon and the decathlon, which finished well after dark but needed to be completed on Friday for scores to count towards NCAA qualification.

In the women’s team competition, through five events, Kent State leads with 43 points. Miami is second with 25 and Buffalo is third with 21. On the men’s side, Akron has the lead with 60 points through five events. Miami is second with 34 points and Central Michigan is third with 32 points.

Saturday’s final day of the MAC Championships will now begin at 8 a.m. with the long jump and women’s shot put competition. A reminder that due to commencement, Lot C 2 will be closed to spectator parking. Lots P and PS will be closed to spectator parking from 7-10 a.m., but available thereafter. Lots 24 and 25 at the Water Tower/Human Resources area will be open for spectator parking as will Lot 33. Lot K will also be available for spectator parking with access from Lincoln Highway.

Tickets for Saturday are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and students. Tickets are available at the gate.