The Mount Union Raiders will have their first Track and Field meet in almost a year this Saturday. The past two indoor track meets have been cancelled for the Raiders due to Covid-19. With anticipation for the first meet the Raiders received news Wednesday night that the National Championships were cancelled. Mount Union was supposed to host the Championships in Geneva, Ohio in mid-March.
The NCAA released a statement Wednesday that read “Due to low participation numbers among member schools, NCAA Division III winter championships are canceled for the 2020-21 academic year.”
This is devasting for hard working athletes across the nation. This is two seasons in a row that division three winter sports will not compete for a national title. My teammates were practically at the starting line for the NCAA D3 National Championships in 2020 when they found out the meet was cancelled because of Covid-19. Devastated was an understatement to describe the feeling of working so hard for something, just to have it stripped away so easily.
“It’s heartbreaking for seniors and for everyone who was holding on to something when we’ve had so little in the last year,” Four-time national champion and assistant Mount Union track coach Tyler Neff, said, “it’s really unfortunate especially for kids and how hard they work”.
Coach Neff and the Mount Union track team look forward and continue preparation for outdoor track and the upcoming indoor meets.
Just because there will not be a National Championship this season, doesn’t mean the Raiders are taking the season off. The track team is working harder than ever and are ready to come back stronger. There are still meets planned for the indoor season and the Raiders will have the opportunity to win a conference championship Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6.
All Mount Union events are not allowing spectators but interested fans can stream the track meet this Saturday with the OAC app.