As you know, because of COVID-19 guidelines from CHSAA and DPS, our cross country season will be unlike any other in history. One of the major parameters we are facing is the size limitation of 25 boys and 25 girls in separate cohorts in order to minimize potential cross contamination. In order to determine the teams, we will have a 5K time trial on Tuesday, August 18. The boys will check-in at 3:45, do a warm-up starting at 4:00, and the time trial will start at 4:15. Girls will check-in at 5:00, warm-up at 5:15, and time trial at 5:30. Both groups will be split into two heats, starting three minutes apart. The top 25 times in each gender will be on the team. Runners will have to be present at the time trial in order to compete for a spot on the team. Parents or spectators are not allowed to be at the time trial, and runners are expected to warm-down and leave when they are finished—they are not allowed to watch the other competitions.
We will post the roster of who made the team on the website either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Due to CHSAA and DPS rules, athletes who do not make the roster will not be able to join us for practices beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19. Runners who do not make the team are still part of the cross country family, and will be able to participate in our virtual run club as well as receive the team discount at Runners Roost and participate in the upcoming “East Spike Night” at Runners Roost. More details about those events and other opportunities will be coming soon.
Thanks for your enthusiasm and support of the team—hopefully, we will be back to our normal team size as soon as next year!