Area cross country teams are feeling the heat without even running a race.

Thursday’s cross country meet, hosted by Gilbert on Iowa State University’s course in Ames, was canceled because of sweltering temperatures.

That means Van Meter and Dallas Center-Grimes will instead open their seasons on Sept. 3 at the DC-G Invitational in Dallas Center. A-D-M, which also was supposed to compete in Ames, will begin the season Sept. 5 at Urbandale, which is also the opener for the Waukee boys. The Waukee girls begin Sept. 7 at Pella.