MVC postpones fall schedules and championships

MVC postpones fall schedules and championships
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - The Missouri Valley Conference has announced the postponement of conference schedules and championships in MVC-sponsored fall sports.

The decision impacts MVC sports that compete in their championship seasons in the fall, such as men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.  

The Conference will continue to look at options for conducting MVC competition.

Potentially, the Conference may participating in NCAA championships during the spring of 2021.

Plans for MVC-sponsored winter sports and spring sports are not impacted at this time.

“Given the climate right now, I would be naive to say that I’m shocked at the news of the cancellation of our fall cross country season. But I am very, very disappointed. Our students and staff have worked hard, and yet have seen three championship seasons canceled. It’s tough, but I respect leadership’s decision in thinking of the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and staff. That is most important. We will use this time to regroup and work on our resiliency. I know our students will need a lot of support, outside of sport, and so our focus will be to make sure they are coping well, remaining focused on academics and creating confidence in their identity outside of sport. This is what we do, but it’s not all that we are. We have talented and brilliant students who will rebound and thrive moving forward. This time away from competition will just give us all a chance to be better at who we are.”
SIU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Rosalind Joseph

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