The 2020 National Scholastic Championships are off.
After initially exploring a move from Greensboro, N.C. – the meet’s home since 2006 – to Sioux Falls, S.D., meet officials on Monday decided to cancel the event entirely as COVID-19 cases in South Dakota increased.
Meet officials had promised to announce a decision on the meet’s fate by Monday but it never happened. However, the news was reported Monday evening by Newsday running reporter Jordan Lauterbach.
As of Tuesday morning, five hours after Lauterbach’s tweet, the NSAF still showed the meet on as scheduled, running from July 30 through Aug. 2.
Nationals have been held at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro on the campus of North Carolina A&T& University since moving across North Carolina from Raleigh after the 2005 meet.
But North Carolina AT&T’s campus is closed through at least the end of August, so the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, which operates the meet, announced last month that if the meet were held it would move to the 10,000-seat Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, which obviously would have eliminated – or severely curtailed – New Jersey participation.
The NSAF does not currently have a sponsor for outdoor nationals. The meet in the past has been sponsored by Nike, Foot Locker, American Airlines, adidas and until recently New Balance.
New Balance withdrew its sponsorship earlier this spring and announced that it would hold a national high school championship meet of its own starting in 2021.