PROVO — A newspaper photographer was struck by a javelin at the Utah high school track and field championships.

Ryan McGeeney, who works for the Ogden-based Standard-Examiner, was struck just below the knee Saturday morning while shooting the nearby discus competition.

The annual meet, held at BYU's Clarence Robison track stadium, was delayed about an hour while he received medical treatment and was taken to the hospital.

Dave Wilkey, executive director of the Utah High School Activities Association, said the wound appeared to be fairly superficial, lifting the skin on the front side of McGeeney's leg without hitting the bone just below the knee.

Wilkey said McGeeney never lost consciousness and was laughing with medical personnel while he was being taken care of. The javelin was cut off, leaving the tip inside the leg so medical personnel could transport McGeeney in the ambulance.

He was treated and released at Utah Valley Medical Center.

Event judges say the photographer crossed into the javelin area while shooting the discus competition.

"(McGeeney) was not where he should be," Wilkey said. "He took off across a sector line. He never saw it hit him."