JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. ( – The 2019 Missouri State High School Activities Association’s (MSHSAA) Track & Field Class 3, 4, 5 Championships have been moved.

The announcement came Thursday morning after a tornado touched down in Jefferson City. Jefferson City High School was scheduled to host the two-day meet, starting Friday, at Adkins Stadium. The property sustained damage during the storm, including the roof ripped off the press box.

Read: 'Extensive' damage reported in Jefferson City tornado

Hours after the storm, MSHSAA urged people not travel to Jefferson City at this time and started making arrangements to move the meet.

Now, all track and field competitions will take place on Saturday at the following locations:

Class 3 – University of Missouri Walton Stadium

Class 4 – Washington High School

Class 5 – Battle High School

Thursday, St. Louis area teams were scrambling to rearrange lodging, transportation, and training plans, while also keeping the severity of the storm in mind.

"Our first thought was for everyone in Jeff City," said Jason Miller, assistant track coach at Rockwood Summit High School.

Now, coaches are advising their athletes to stay focused and not let the schedule and venue change throw them off.

"We are always teaching our athletes to control what they can control and put it out of their mind if it’s something they can’t control," said Miller.

Lutheran South High School track coach Scott Denoyer also shared words of wisdom with his athletes.

"You’ve trained for this. You're ready to go, don’t worry about the change in schedule but also keep all the victims in their prayers," said Denoyer.

Nearly 2,300 athletes are planning to participate this weekend. MSHAA officials say they rushed to reschedule to keep the championship this weekend because so many families will soon head out of town for summer plans.

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