With the start of spring high school sports postponed due to COVID-19, the Big C Relays — a premier indoor track and field meet — was canceled Sunday.
The meet was set to kick off Alaska’s track and field season April 3-4 at The Dome in Anchorage.
“The Big C Relays is an event for our community, and this decision is ultimately made with our community in mind,” a statement on the meet’s Facebook page said. “The health and safety of athletes, coaches and volunteers is our top priority and while this decision was not an easy one, we are confident it was the only one.”
Kodiak was one of the many teams from around the state that was set to compete at the meet.
“There was zero surprise that Big C was canceled being an indoor meet,” Kodiak coach Ashley Mortenson said. “I’m glad they didn’t wait to cancel it — it is helpful.”
Mortenson is hopeful that there will be a track and field season, even if that means just having regional and state meets.
“If all we do is host a meet between our Kodiak athletes to measure their best times based on the training done in isolation, that would be fun too,” she said. “That is the beauty of track — you don’t have to bring another team here to get marks.”
The Region III Championships is May 22-23 in Wasilla and the state championships is May 29-30 in Anchorage.
Until the season resumes, Mortenson is hosting unofficial, non-school sponsored runs, which started Monday. The coach said runners maintained the recommended six-feet of social distancing through the run while she educated them about the coronavirus.
“It’s an opportunity for kids to get outside and exercise during an extended spring break — it is really important from a mental health standpoint,” Mortenson said.