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In brief: Daytona 500 rescheduled; Walker wins U.S. Indoor

Daytona 500 rescheduled for today

Auto racing: The Daytona 500 has been postponed for the first time in its 54-year history.

NASCAR postponed The Great American Race after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Officials spent more than four hours waiting for a window to dry the famed track, but it never came. And when the latest storm cell passed over the speedway, they had little choice but to call it a day and reschedule.

The 500-mile race was rescheduled for 9 a.m. today. It will be aired on Fox 28.

“This is one of the toughest things for us drivers,” pole-sitter Carl Edwards said. “It’s now who can really stay focused. That’s not just the drivers, that’s the pit crews, the crew chiefs, everyone, the officials. But I think we’ll be just fine.”

Associated Press

Walker wins USA Indoor pole vault

Track and field: University High graduate and former University of Washington standout Brad Walker won the pole vault at 19 feet, 2 3/4 inches at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Albuquerque, N.M. It is his fourth USA Indoor championship.

With the victory, Walker qualified for Team USA which will compete in the IAAF World Indoor Championships March 9-11 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Walker missed three attempts at 19-8 1/4, which would have given him the American indoor record. He holds the American outdoor record of 19-9 3/4.

“I’m happy with the way I felt and the way I jumped, but technically there are some things I can work on and improve,” said Walker, quoted on the USA Track and Field web site.

Walker will try and make his second Olympics team later this year.