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Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald, Published April 19 2013

UND track meet called off due to bomb threat in Los Angeles

The UND track and field team’s meet in Los Angeles was canceled Thursday afternoon when a bomb threat forced an evacuation of the California State-Los Angeles campus.

The team was turned away before reaching campus and all members are safe, a UND official said.

“That kind of shook our day,” North Dakota track and field coach Kevin Galbraith said. “We were told there was a bomb threat, and we don’t really know more than that.”

UND assistant track and field coach Peter Miller was driving the team (33 athletes and four coaches) to campus and was the first vehicle police officers cut off at the school’s entrance, Galbraith said.

A little after noon local time, CSU-LA asked students to evacuate. The school has an enrollment of approximately 20,000.

With the meet canceled, Galbraith said his team will instead train at Long Beach State, which is near the team’s hotel.

“We’re just going to pretend (Thursday) didn’t happen and hit it hard (today),” Galbraith said.

UND will have athletes at three different meets today and Saturday — the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., and the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.