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IHSAA and IGHSAU revise XC postseason dates

Changes due to COVID-19 fears splits qualifying and state meets

DES MOINES– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) announced changes to the 2020 boys and girls cross country season on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The schedule was altered due to ongoing fears related to the COVID-19 epidemic and a need to employ mitigation means for competitors and crowds.
The state qualifying meets and the state meet will be separated by classification and scheduled to take place over two days. The state meet remains in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Golf Course, home to the state meet since 1993.
Class 4A (Liberty High) and Class 3A (Clear Creek Amana and Solon) compete for a spot in the state meet, now scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The IGHSAU and IHSAA assigns teams to qualifying meet sites the week of Oct. 12.
“The IHSAA is grateful to the Fort Dodge community, particularly the Parks and Recreation Department and Lakeside Municipal Golf Course for their effort to make a two-day State Coed Cross Country event possible,” said IHSAA Executive Director Tom Keating. “By allowing us to run each class individually, the Fort Dodge community is contributing to our commitment to safety for participants, coaches, workers, media, and spectators. This is another example of the outstanding support and partnership we enjoy with the city, the golf course, and the wonderful volunteers who make this event special.”
IGHSAU Executive Director Jean Berger said, “Our joint championship in Fort Dodge has long been a special event for our participants and fans. Changes to any successful championship are never easy, but holding a two-day meet is our best option this year. Our new plan really focuses on a safe and rewarding experience, something we all agree is our top priority.”
The 4A girls race begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, followed by the boys at 11 a.m. 3A girls run at 3:30 p.m. with the boys taking the course at 4 p.m. Parking is available inside Kennedy Park but spectator tailgating will not be permitted. Admission is $10 upon arrival to Kennedy Park and the shuttle bus utilized last year will not be used this year.