The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching, affecting nearly every facet of daily life. On a recent and local note, one such effect has been the unfortunate cancellation of the middle school Raccoon River Conference track season.


Announced Wednesday, April 8, conference members came together and made the decision. Various factors went into the decision including facility usage, logistics, and different time parameters such as overall time frame and academic time frames. In the end, the time frame for the middle school track season held the most weight in the decision as ADM interim activities director Larry Moklestad explained.


“For most conference schools, the middle school track seasons were going to conclude the week of May 4 so all of their seasons would have concluded the week of or before May 4,” said Moklestad. “If we are fortunate to get back to school, soccer and high school track will be needing to reschedule their meets and use the facilities during a condensed season.”


Moklestad also mentioned the academic factor of it all.


“With a shortened school season, it’s hard to justify away track meets and taking students away from the classroom with just 20-some days left of the school calendar.”


Moklestad further talked about the decision as unfortunate but necessary. More decisions about further athletic endeavors will be made on a two-week basis as the decision to further postpone or resume school will come down.