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Clark cancels cross country seasons, fall sports training for remaining sports

School cites COVID-19, impact of NWAC guidelines on students, staff as factors in decision

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: July 28, 2020, 12:28pm

One of the sports the Northwest Athletic Conference cleared for competition this fall won’t happen at Clark College. 

The school announced it is forgoing men’s and women’s cross country for 2020, citing continuing increases in COVID-19 cases in and around Clark County, and the impact of NWAC guidelines on Clark students and staff. 

Clark also is canceling all fall training and practices on-campus for its remaining sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. The school announced in April all classes would remain online through fall quarter. 

“Ultimately, the student safety and experience was at the forefront of our conversation, along with the safety of our coaches, trainers, and department staff,” Clark athletic director Laura LeMasters said in a news release. “We are prepared to work with local health authorities and college administrators to return to play, when our campus and community can provide the safety and experience expected by those who attend Clark College.”

Earlier this month, the NWAC Executive Board approved a plan to move the majority of fall sports to winter and spring quarters in 2021. Under the plan, the NWAC’s men’s and women’s cross country and golf teams were granted competition this fall under a modified schedule. Restricted practices begin Aug. 15. 

LeMasters added the school will honor student-athletes’ scholarships and aid.