"It's a great feeling to be competing again and our student athletes are beyond ecstatic," said Paul Snow, M-A's co-athletic director, in an email. "I can almost see their ear-to-ear smiles through their masks!"
Woodside High School athletic directors said in a letter to families last week that they were working with district and site administrators to "put a comprehensive plan in place to allow our teams to practice and compete," which could include weekly testing of athletes.
"Two critical areas of concern are the possible need for weekly testing and transportation," they wrote. "Over the next one to two weeks, we hope to have a comprehensive plan that we will share with you on how we will move forward. This is an exciting time for all of us and we can not wait to see more of our teams competing."
M-A cross country runners competed against Half Moon Bay High School in February. There are more cross country, swimming, golf and tennis games set for this month.
In January, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the state's governing body for high school sports, said the soonest athletes could return to competition would be Jan. 25.
CIF said girls volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, football, water polo and other sports would start their seasons in January and run into April. Cross country is the only season that can begin while San Mateo County is in the red COVID-19 tier, which signifies substantial transmission risk. The county has to improve to the orange tier (moderate risk) to start football and volleyball competition.
Back in the fall, CIF said seasons would resume in December, but the start date was pushed back.
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