UW Health Sports Medicine 

Up and away

The Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams are officially on their way to the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.

Not without incident, however.

After the women's team successfully departed the McClain Center for the Dane County Regional Airport at 8:15 a.m., a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area.

That meant, by the time the Meister Coaches bus returned to shuttle the men's team to the airport, what was a sunny morning had turned into a downpour with plenty of thunder and lightning. The early arrivers to the McClain Center stayed dry, but several -- namely Craig Miller and Ryan Gasper -- were a little damp after walking through the deluge.

The men rolled out on schedule at 9 a.m., but freshman Mohammed Ahmed still cut things close. A Canadian citizen, Ahmed boarded the bus without his passport and was forced to snag a taxi and go back to pick up his required identification.

As of 10:05 a.m., assistant coach Mark Guthrie reported that Ahmed had just arrived at the entrance to the TSA screening area, giving him enough time to make the Badgers' scheduled 10:36 departure from Madison for a connecting flight in Denver.

Ahmed -- fresh off winning the Big Ten title in the event -- will run the 10,000 meters at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. He is one of 23 athletes representing the Badgers on the men's side at the preliminary-round meet.

A total of 13 athletes are on their way to compete for the Badger women.

Follow the preliminary round with live video streams, available at ncaa.com, and look for a complete preview of the Badgers' entries Wednesday on UWBadgers.com.