Area cross country teams work through uncertainty — Mount Vernon News – Mount Vernon News

Area cross country teams work through uncertainty — Mount Vernon News  Mount Vernon News

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The Centerburg and Mount Gilead girls cross country teams stand at the starting before the of the Division III regional race at Pickerington High School North on Oct. 26, 2019. The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Ohio Department of Health are having trouble determining whether cross country is a contact sport or a low-contact sport because of situations like the starting line where athletes are clustered together.

High school distance runners are in a class of their own when life is normal. But in the abnormal times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fear among area coaches, is that they’ll be the only athletes to have two consecutive seasons canceled.

But the Ohio Department of Health provided a ray of light when it omitted cross country from the list of contact sports when it released an extension for guidelines on contact and low- and non-contact sports on Saturday.

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