That would open to the door for cross country.
“We wouldn’t be able to host a meet until late September,” Kreps said. “But that still gives us six or seven weeks to see what will happen.”
Vancouver private schools King’s Way Christian and Seton Catholic, both of which have plans to provide face-to-face learning this fall, also have left the option of having their athletes participate in cross country this fall.
The idea is for the Bruins to run two or three meets this fall from late September into October, then complete their schedule in Season 3 when the other Trico teams could join the action.
“We feel like we can hold a meet and do it safely,” Kreps said. “Our course is set up so that you can see most of it from one spot. So if we need to keep people in their cars to watch, we’ll do that. We can have an extra long finish chute to keep runners apart, and we can start them off in waves.”
Kreps has also heard from other schools from Southwest Washington, especially those from smaller communities that have been less impacted by the pandemic, that would be interested in running, if one can be held in White Salmon this fall.
So the gorge could be a popular destination this fall.
“I’m even hearing from people in Oregon saying ‘Hey, we aren’t going to have a season this fall, but can our kids come to your meet and run as individuals?’ ” Kreps said. “I’m having to tell them to wait, while I check and see about that.
“Normally, when people want to come to a cross country meet, you’re like ‘the more, the merrier.’ But this year, we may have to take a different approach. I just don’t want people showing up unannounced.”
The school’s cross country course already had one unexpected visitor on Monday.
“I was out by our course this morning and I spotted a black bear out there munching on some blackberries,” Kreps said. “I don’t have enough issues already, now I have to deal with a bear, too?”
Kreps estimates the chances of pulling off this abbreviated fall season for cross country is less than 50-50. But as long as there is a chance, he’s not going to close that door just yet.
“I don’t want to be critical of anyone because I know there are a lot of factors at play,” he said. “I just kind of feel like there have been a lot of decisions made just a little too quickly. We have some time, so let’s just see what happens.”