(11-1-18) Today’s sudden announcement of the postponement of the OHSAA State Cross Country Meet this weekend has caused quite a stir among coaches, AD’s, parents and athletes. The meet will now be run next Saturday.
Is this confirmed yet? Have seen it on some postings but have gotten nothing from the OHSAA. Want to find out soon as a lot of school plans will need to be changed. Thanks
— Eric Goodwin (@ColdwaterAD) November 1, 2018
The first word of the postponement did not come from the OHSAA directly, several media sources and sports forums had posted the news well before the ‘official’ word was released and confirmed. The confusion quickly spread. The news caught many off-guard and several who couldn’t believe it was going to take place.
OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass
“While I wholeheartedly understand the impact this move has for all those involved in the event, this is the best solution for the safety and well-being of our participating student-athletes. National Trail Raceway has closed the course due to flooding with the on-going rain we have had in central Ohio, so the conditions will hopefully be much better by next weekend.”
It appears from the statement that the meet was postponed by National Trail Raceway and not by the OHSAA office.
This situation is truly a nightmare for Athletic Directors and Coaches who now will have to cancel hotel reservations and re-arrange travel arrangements to name just a few items.
Runners will now have an extra week of training and preparing for the meet. Parents and runners will have to rearrange schedules to participate in the meet next week and hope there is no conflicts.
This is the most ridiculous things I have heard of @OHSAASports!!! Kids have been training since May and tapering for THIS DAY!!! Kids run in the heat, rain and SNOW & now national caliber teams pay the price for @OHSAASports lack of planning and shortsightedness. #RunNov3 https://t.co/vBPAbzrHVY
— Jim Tighe (@Jim_Tighe) November 1, 2018
One big topic of discussion is the conflict next week with the Midwest Nike National meet scheduled on Sunday the 11th (day after the rescheduled meet) in Terre Haute, Indiana, 400 miles from Hebron.
From the cross country Yappi Forum
This is awful for kids this year – particularly the top end kids (Ewert, Smith, Mauri, etc.) who likely have plans to roll at NXR, NXN, etc. I wonder if any will skip the state meet in favor of Terre Haute? I’m thinking those kids whose teams didn’t qualify. I mean, which would you pick, assuming the national meet is a real possibility?
OHSAA postpones State Championship to Nov 10th. Makes announcement 48 hours before meet. Impacts tapering, hotels, bussing and many other aspects of meet. Unbelievable move on OHSAA’s part, move the location not the date.
— GlenOak Distance (@glenoakboysxc) November 1, 2018
Additional background –
Nike (Midwest) National Meet
LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course
Terre Haute, IN