SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 14, 2020) – The Southern Conference Cross Country Championships will move back to the fall and be conducted on Nov. 21 in Macon, Georgia, which was announced by Commissioner Jim Schaus. The league’s directors of athletics voted to approve the change.
“I think our cross country athletes are excited to have an opportunity to compete for the first time in nine months when the Conference Championship rolls around next month,” said ETSU Director of Cross Country/Track & Field George Watts, whose Bucs hosted the 2019 conference championship at Pine Oaks Golf Club. “It's been a challenge to stay motivated, but our women and men have done a good job of training at a pretty high level. There's no substitute for competition and we all look forward to getting that feeling back that comes with toeing the line for the real thing next month.”
The decision to move the cross country championships back to the fall was made in an effort to minimize conflict with the indoor track and field season and championships as well as to reduce the amount of spring events created when fall sports were moved to the spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cross country championship meet will be conducted with enhanced safety protocols, details of which will be announced at a later date.
“This was a prudent decision, since by doing so, it eliminates the training overlap with distance runners who might have had to choose between the SoCon cross country and indoor championships,” Schaus said. “Plus, it also assists in reducing the volume of competitions and championships in the spring.”
For more information on ETSU men’s and women’s cross country, please visit ETSUBucs.com.