By Makenna Adams
On January 11, the WHS cross country team gathered on Zoom to discuss our upcoming “season.” To the dismay of those who attended, it was announced that the season will be compromised. Currently, no races are scheduled. While our season is scheduled to start January 25, 2021, practices are to be held with strict Covid-induced policies. For example, no athlete is to be less than six feet away from any other athlete, and masks must be worn at all times. Back in December, BVALS, the league championship race, was cancelled. Westmont athletes and coaches now anxiously await the decision on whether or not CCS, the famed Central Coast Section race, will also be cancelled.
Similar situations are mirrored in other Westmont Sports. Field hockey, considering close contact is necessary within the sports, is not even allowed to begin practicing until Santa Clara county moves into the red tier.
Across the board, strict mandates have been set in place. Student-athletes must only train with their assigned “pods” and may not train with any outside club team or other athletes. Players must also fill out daily health check-in forms and get their temperatures checked at practices.
In short, many aspects of WHS athletics still are unknown; chiefly, whether or not competitions will be allowed to occur.