We are posting today to follow up on the MHSAA announcements of cross country pre-regionals and the changes to the state meet format.
First of all, we want you to know how much time and effort has been spent by your MITCA Board members working with the MHSAA to help ensure the best possible outcome with all of the safety constraints in place this season. We would like to especially thank MITCA Political Liaison Steve Linn and MITCA Cross Country Committee Chairman Brian Salyers. Their tireless efforts and incredible amount of time spent working with Cody Inglis, the MHSAA Cross Country Assistant Director, have been instrumental in ensuring that we are able to have a state final meet despite the vast number of hurdles that had to be overcome. There are countless other members of the Cross Country community who have had a hand in the planning and we thank them as well.
We also want to thank those coaches and schools that stepped up to host a pre-regional without much time to prepare. Things have been changing quickly and we appreciate the efforts from all over the state to adapt and change so many times this season!
We are thrilled that between careful planning and the loosening of the outdoor gathering guidelines the normal number of athletes will be able to compete at the State Meet. This was not an easy decision to make or an easy plan to come up with. There were several weeks where the possibility of a cross country state finals looked very bleak and the plan was to end the season after the regional meets. We are happy that all involved were willing to reconsider and allow a modified end of year state final tournament where both individual and team champions will be crowned. Please know that through all of this MITCA has been advocating for Michigan’s athletes to have as close to a normal experience as possible.
We understand the frustration of having two heats instead of head to head competition for the state championship meet. Please know that while there are frustrations and disappointments, they would have been much greater, as track coaches are well aware, if our state championships had been limited to one or two teams per region or were cancelled all together.
MITCA will continue to work with the MHSAA on behalf of the cross country athletes of Michigan and all of you to ensure that you and our athletes have the best possible experience as we proceed through the new tournament process this season.
Thanks once again for all you do for your athletes!
The MITCA Executive Board