Cross Country Forgoes National Championships Due to COVID-19 Concerns

By: Kyle Lewis

CLINTON, Miss. – Due to Covid-19 precautions and concerns, the Mississippi College men’s and women’s cross country teams will not compete at the Division II National Championship Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 14.

“We had qualified and that is an honor, but when looking at the up and coming final exams and the current state of Covid-19 testing, the team and the staff recognized that we successfully navigated a very difficult time in collegiate athletics,” said head coach Matthew Reneker. “Rather than get greedy and push deeper into the season, we rationalized that stopping the season now was in the best interest of the team and we look forward towards a healthy indoor season.”

Both squads qualified after they finished in the top four in the Gulf South Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Lady Choctaws placed second and had five of their top seven grab All-GSC laurels, including Jazmin Hernandez and Madeline Campbell on the first team and Kathy HammondMcKenzie Hargrove and Emma Langley on the second team. The Choctaws finished fourth overall and saw Evan del Rio grab first team all-conference accolades.

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