The University of Florida released statement that all athletic events on campus will suspend till April 15th. Pepsi Florida Relays were scheduled for 4/2-4/4.
The 56th annual Bob Hayes Invitational is canceled due to COVID19
FSU Relays has been canceled due to COVID19, according to FSU SID Bob Thomas.
FHSAA released updated press release that states the FHSAA plans "on maintaining the current structure as is, but will work closely with [ state championship ] host venues, local school districts, public health officials, and Board of Directors." According to the press release, if state championship events do compete later this season, the seeding and qualification processes will remain the same. The FHSAA will continue to monitor the situation.
Here are the meets that have already been canceled or postponed due to COVID19:
- Wolfpack Invitational
- Mustang Invite Lakewood Ranch
- Mustang Invitational
- Trinity Prep Saints Invitational
- Polk County Championships
- Highlander Classic
- Metro East Conference
- FSU Relays
- Ed Wells Jr. - Kiwanis Invitational
- Oak Hall Middle School Meet
- Bob Hayes Invitational
- Pepsi Florida Relays
- Kowboy Invitational
With fears and precaution arising rapidly across the United States, many athletic events across the nation are either postponed or cancelled due to COVID19, better known as the Coronavirus. On Tuesday, the FHSAA released an update statement, communicating that all member schools are to "communicate with local health departments for updates and recommendations relating to each schools local area," according to the press release.
It is unknown at this point to how COVID19 will effect the remainder of Florida's high school and middle school outdoor track and field season.
So far, the only known postponed event this season due to COVID19 is the GMAC conference. Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced not only that the GMAC conference will be postponed, but all athlete travel in-state is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Other counties (Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Volusia, Seminole) around the state have cancelled trips that require air-travel. All schools are monitoring the outbreak as spring break approaches for many counties across the state. At this time it is unknown if counties will restrict in-state travel as well.
Florida MileSplit will continue to bring updates as it relates to the Florida track and field outdoor season and COVID19.
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