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The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) have announced championship cancellations in women's bowling and cross country

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The MEAC conference consulted its head cross country coaches and student-athletes, and they were in favor of cancellation. The league’s athletic directors and the Championship Administrative Committee also approved of the move.

The championships were originally scheduled for Oct. 30 before the MEAC suspended fall sports in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With fall sports now taking place in spring 2021, that potentially put the Cross Country Championships on the calendar surrounding the end of indoor track & field season and the start of outdoor season.

The 2021 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships are tentatively set for Feb. 26-27 at the Virginia Beach Sports Center in Virginia Beach, Va.

The CIAA, has voted to cancel its indoor track and field and women's bowling championships.

Additionally, the Board of Directors approved the cancellation of all women's bowling regular season competition, as recommended by the CIAA Bowling Coaches Association and the Athletics Directprs Association..

"After much discussion with our coaches and athletics directors, the Board, in consultation with the conference staff, decided in the best interest of our membership and student-athletes not to host championships for indoor track & field and any competition for women's bowling," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. "These are tough decisions we have had to make with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and administrators being at the forefront. With institutions not having their own facilities for either sport, adequate health and safety measures could not be guaranteed."

Each CIAA school that sponsors indoor track and field will have the autonomy to schedule competition throughout the season, if desired, to allow teams and student-athletes the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship meet, should it take place.

The conference continues to proceed with plans for men's and women's basketball, as previously announced. Regular season and championship schedules for both will be provided later.

 

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