OHSAA Early Season Cross Country Invitational canceled

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

With the health and safety of everyone involved as the top concern and due to the large size of the event, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Early Season Cross Country Invitational, scheduled for Aug. 15 at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park in Southeast Columbus, has been canceled.

“We are very disappointed that the event is canceled and understand that there will be frustrations from our student-athletes, but we have to put safety first,” OHSAA interim executive director Bob Goldring said. “We are meticulously moving forward with reopening our seasons for competition and appreciate the guidance of the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health. We also appreciate the cooperation of Fortress Obetz and we look forward to conducting our state championships there Nov. 7.”

Sparked by additional interest from many schools since the course is the new home of the OHSAA cross country state championships, the OHSAA began putting schools on the waitlist in mid-July and adjusted the schedule, race formats and the number of runners in each race in the hopes of providing the opportunity to participate to more schools. A decision had not yet been made regarding spectators.

Cross country events can still proceed around the state beginning Aug. 24, as the sport of cross country has been designated as a low-contact sport by the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health. The OHSAA currently recommends smaller cross country events to take place.