Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia
WVSSAC Official Cross Country Guidance
Today (8/3), the WVSSAC released their official guidance for the 2020
Cross Country season. The full list is in the News & Notes section. The
primary item is the maximum of 35 on the starting line. Any more than
that will require wave starts with 5 minutes between waves.
WVSSAC Fall Recommendations
While we haven't yet seen the official guidelines for the 2020 Cross Country
season, a couple weeks ago, they did put out a set of recommendations for
fall sports (football had its own set). In the Cross Country News &
Notes section, I've provided a few thoughts on what those recommendations
could mean for our season.
Season Delayed Two Weeks
Today (July 10th) it was announced that the start of the 2020 Cross Country
season would be delayed by two weeks. This was expected following the earlier
announcement of school being delayed by two weeks. Now practice may begin
on August 17th and the first competition may be held on September 2nd. It does
not appear at this point that the end of the season has been changed. This means
that meets scheduled in the first two weeks of the season will either
need to reschedule or cancel. The reschedulings have already started.
This will further mean that as those meets get moved, new conflicts between
meets will exist and the typical schedules of some teams will be disrupted as
meets they normally attend will now be held on the same dates. Choices
will have to be made.
Tori Starcher, Sebastian Spencer Named Gatorade Players of the Year
Ripley's Tori Starcher and Weir's Sebastian Spencer have been named the West Virginia Gatorade Track & Field
Players of the Year for 2020. More details in the Track & Field News & Notes Section.
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The new classifications have been announced for the next four years,
starting with the 2020 Fall seasons. There was a little movement.
Oak Hill, Lincoln County, and Bridgeport move up to Class AAA. James
Monroe, River View, Petersburg, and Man moved down to Class A. Alignments
are still to be determined.
A Team Manager Plea
Coaches - In your Team Manager setup, please use your school as your
Short Name rather than your mascot or your school abbreviation. For
example - I'll use Doddridge County High School - the short name should
be Doddridge, not Bulldogs or DCHS. Hy-Tek uses the Short Name in the
results listing. If you use mascots, a tri-meet between George Washington,
Parkersburg South, and Wheeling Park would have a results listing of nothing
but Patriots. If you use abbreviations, a meet between Hampshire, Hurricane,
and Huntington would have a results listing of nothing but HHS. So, please,
for my sanity, use your school name.
Also, please make sure the names of your athletes are spelled correctly
and that their grade levels are correct. .
Hy-Tek Team Manager Tips
This information is also in the top section of the News & Notes Section in
the Track Pages, but I thought I'd put it here as well. When setting up Team
Manager, please follow these guidelines to make results easy to read.
Use the 4 digit code assigned by the WVSSAC. i.e. 0026. You have to have it this way for the
Full Team Name:
The full name of your school: i.e. Doddridge County High School
Short Team Name:
A shorter name that still makes it obvious: i.e. Doddridge. The only teams I
can think of that need to do something slightly different would Lincoln County
(can't use "Lincoln" because there is also a Lincoln High that should use
Lincoln), and Valley Fayette, Valley Wetzel, Liberty Harrison, and Liberty
Raleigh who need to add just a little
to differentiate themselves. Do not use an abbreviation like DCHS or a mascot like Bulldogs.
The school abbreviation: i.e. DCHS.
Athlete Grade Levels:
Please make sure you have updated your grade levels from last year.
As always, I'm accepting donations. Please view the Wall of Support for details. Every little bit helps
pay for the site expenses. What I'd ideally like to see happen is for each team to send $1 per athlete
per season ($1 for Track and $1 for Cross Country). That way no one is emptying their pockets much, but
the site is still well-supported.
Submitting Meet Results
I thought I'd put up a reminder about how to submit meet results. Our preferred
method to received results is via E-Mail. The best method is to send me a backup
copy of the meet if you're using Hy-Tek software. Then I can extract all the information
we want. Otherwise, you can E-Mail a text file, a Microsoft Word File, a Microsoft Excel
File, or an HTML file.