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The Oregon School Activities Association's state championship committee has heard the clamor from cross country supporters around the state and is no longer considering changing the team-qualifying aspect of that sport's state meet.

The committee, which is charged with developing championship formats for the new classification system that will include hybrid leagues beginning in the fall, had announced it was investigating "reformatting of cross country and golf championships to eliminate the team qualifying aspect of the event. A predetermined number of individuals would qualify for regional or sectional events."

That proposal sparked outrage from cross country coaches and fans across the state and an online petition to retain the current system has accumulated more than 2,000 signatures.

OSAA assistant executive director Cindy Simmons, a staff liaison to the committee, said a special conference call Tuesday would allow committee members to talk about cross country and golf, because the organization had been "inundated" with comments and wanted to get information out before the committee's next meeting Monday.

After the conference call, the OSAA put out an update: "The correspondence received to this point strongly supports keeping the team qualifying component of both cross country and golf. Given this, the committee is interested in exploring alternative ideas ... while keeping the team and individual qualifying components of these events."

The committee is charged with considering changes that could help cut costs of championship events and increase the competition level.

No formal plan for restructuring the cross country and golf championships was presented, but the committee was expected to consider making those events similar to wrestling, swimming and track and field, where individuals qualify but not teams. There would likely have still been team champions and trophies, but only the individuals who qualified would compete for the team instead of the current system where the top teams from each district meet advance to state.

Many cross country and golf coaches were expected to attend Monday's meeting to speak out against the changes, but following Tuesday's update the OSAA said testimony regarding the elimination of team qualifying in those two sports will not be taken.

Looking ahead

McKenzie is inviting 100 local high school kids to run around its new track in a 100-mile relay on March 6 at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Field.

Fifty boys and fifty girls are needed to run one mile each in the relay that will begin at 8 a.m. and finish around 9 p.m. There will be concession stands, hourly drawings for SportHill merchandise and an appearance by members of Oregon Track Club Elite.

Runners are asked to pay a $1 track usage fee, and OTC will be registering runners as junior members at a discounted rate of $10. Interested students can sign up at at the McKenzie track and field page.

Looking back

Thurston freshman Ashlee Schulz played for an Oregon team in the United States Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program Region IV championships last week. Schulz, who earned second-team all-Midwestern League honors while helping the Colts reach the state semifinals in the fall, is a defender for the Oregon team, which reached the title match before losing in a shootout to California South.

-Steve Mims
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 27, 2010
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