Air quality affects local sports programs

JACOB MOORE, Former Evergreen sports editor

WSU and high school athletic programs in Pullman have been affected by the recently poor air quality. The regional wildfires have plagued Washington and other neighboring states with a lingering, smoky haze.

The Cougar football team has been running their weekly routine in the Indoor Practice Facility instead of at Martin Stadium this week to avoid the harmful air. The team is preparing for their second game this season against the Boise State Broncos, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at Martin Stadium.

Cross Country was expected to travel to Eugene, Oregon for a meet Friday, but those plans have since been cancelled.

The soccer team practiced inside Tuesday morning, Assistant Director Ben Laskey said. The athletes are getting ready to take on California State University, Northridge at 7 p.m. Friday on the Lower Soccer Field.

Pullman High School football moved its practice inside this week. The team recently returned from Seattle after losing their season-opener to Fife at Husky Stadium.

A translucent orange-red sun has Pullman residents feeling the effects themselves. The original elevated temperature that was closer to triple digits ended up almost twenty degrees lower than anticipated Tuesday. Some ash has accumulated and the smoky smell is harmful to inhale.

Correction: This article has been edited to reflect that the soccer team practiced indoors Tuesday morning, not outdoors.