We've been finally given the green light to begin practice on Feb. 1. But, since we are still under the Stay at Home mandate we can't compete against other teams. Therefore, after our Grossmont league meeting earlier this week, we (league coaches) decided to have virtual meets. This means that athletes from each school will get on the track on specific dates and times and run 3200 meters (2 miles). We will have all Varsity and Junior Varsity runners compete on specific race days (Fridays). After we run, coaches will share times of their runners and place them according to times. The meet will be scored just like a regular X-Country meet where the top 5 runners from each school score and will generate a dual meet score. The reason we will be running on the track is to keep the distance and terrain the same for all runners from both schools. We also agreed to have the meets at the same time, so the weather will be the same for everyone as well. Having said that, our meet times will be as follows:
JV boys and girls: 3:30 pm.
Varsity boys and girls: 4:00 pm.
The schedule of our meets are posted on the 2021 Race Schedule link in the Cross Country website. We received information from CIF that we can NOT have spectators until the Stay at Home mandate is lifted. We can only have spectators until we get to the purple tier. I know this is inconvenient and you might want to see your athlete compete, but we have to follow CIF rules and keep everyone safe. Thank you for your understanding.
On our first day of practice (Feb. 1) all athletes need to bring their clearance form stamped from the VP office. If you don't have it with you or it's not stamped you won't be able to practice or compete with the team. Get it done as soon as possible. We will meet @ 11:45 am on the track. If you are a Freshman and you want to come out to join the team you can stop by to see me in room WL-6 or you can come by during practice and you will be able to find one of the coaches on the track.
I know this is going to be a much different season than before, but we are trying to make the best of it under these unusual circumstances. On the positive side, at least they are allowing our athletes to attend organized practice and have virtual meets versus other sports that are not allowed to do anything yet. I believe that having something is better than nothing, especially when some of our athletes have been training since last summer and are ready to show their fitness and compete at some level.
If you have any other questions or concerns please send me an email at email@example.com.
Runners on your mark, set, go!