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After a long day of travel Monday and some workouts (photos) at Hayward Field on Tuesday, the Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams are set to kick off the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships today in Eugene, Ore.

Redshirt freshman Dorcas Akinniyi starts things off with the women's heptathlon at 3 p.m. (CT), followed by junior Luke Rucks in the semifinals of the men's 800 meters at 6:30 p.m. and senior Megan Seidl in the women's high jump at 6:45.

The NCAA is offering a total of four live video feeds today, including one specifically for the women's high jump, as well as a live results feed. I'll also be posting updates throughout the meet on Twitter. Links to the coverage are at the top of this page.

No one oxen were lost when fording a a river and no one died of dysentery, but the Oregon trail the Badgers took Monday was a long and winding one nonetheless.

The men's team pulled out of Madison at 6:30 a.m. and bused to Milwaukee for a nearly four-hour flight to Phoenix. After a two-hour layover, it was on to Portland -- a flight that included spectacular views of Mt. Hood and, in the distance, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. After a two-hour drive to Eugene, the Badgers' 15-hour travel day was in the books.

Tuesday gave the teams their first opportunity to shake out at Hayward Field. Check out a photo gallery from practice.

Now, the focus is clearly on the competition.