NJSIAA cancels XC states, Meet of Champions for 2020, still hope for sectionals

There will be no XC state championships or Meet of Champions this fall, according to a “Return to Play” update issued Friday by the NJSIAA.

This will be the first time in over a century that New Jersey won’t have a state championship in cross country

According to the update, a “limited postseason” for all sports other than girls tennis will run from Nov. 13 through Nov. 22. The information from the NJSIAA does not specifically say the state tournament will end with sectionals, but Robert Kellert of N.J. MileSplit confirmed that with NJSIAA track and XC director Bill Bruno.

According to the original NJSIAA schedule, sectionals were set to be held Nov. 7 at Thompson Park in Monroe Township; Greystone Park in Morris Plains; Delsea Regional in Franklinville; and Garrett Mountain in Woodland Park (and Clifton and Paterson).

States were scheduled for Nov. 14 and the Meet of Champions Nov. 21, both at Holmdel County Park.

Now, sectionals will be held over two weekends – presumably Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 – to reduce the number of athletes at each host site and comply with social distancing recommendations.

This will be the first time since 1918 there won’t be a boys state championship in New Jersey. According to information in the New Jersey Track Annuals, published from the mid-1960s through 2009 by N.J. track historian Ed Grant, the first state championship XC meet was held in 1919.

For boys, sectionals have been held since 1965 and the Meet of Champions since 1972. For girls, sectionals, states and Meet of Champions have been held every year since 1976.

The last time no state meets were held at Holmdel was 1975.  

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