Soldotna’s Erika Arthur runs to second place in the Kenai Peninsula Borough cross-country race Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Erika Arthur runs to second place in the Kenai Peninsula Borough cross-country race Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Region III cross-country meet to look different

Number of runners at state will be down for coronavirus mitigation

The Region III cross-country meet will actually be three meets due to a prep landscape changed by the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Southern Division will be made up of Homer, Kenai, Nikiski and Seward at the Division II level and Soldotna at the Division I level. That meet will be hosted by Soldotna on Saturday. Kodiak will run at a site in Kodiak.

The Northern Division is holding a separate meet and is made up of Anchorage Christian Schools, Grace Christian, Houston and Redington in Division II and Colony, Palmer and Wasilla in Division I.

Since SoHi is the only Division I team at the meet, both Division I and II will run together at Tsalteshi. The girls varsity race is at noon, while the boys varsity race is at 12:45 p.m.

There will be no teams qualifying for the state cross-country meet, set to be held Oct. 10 in Anchorage. ASAA is holding down the number of runners at the meet as a coronavirus mitigation measure.

Region III gets 16 individual berths at the Division II level, so the top eight finishers from both the Southern and Northern Division will qualify.

Region III gets 10 individual berths. The top two SoHi runners Saturday will qualify, as will the top two runners at the meet in Kodiak. In the Northern Division race, the top six runners qualify.

If Kodiak is unable to attend state, alternates from the Southern and Northern races will be considered. In the event Division II qualifiers cannot attend state, alternates also will be considered.

A committee will develop a handicap system for the three courses in order to rate the alternates.

Kenai JV vs. Seward football postponed

The football game between Kenai’s junior varsity and host Seward has been postponed until Saturday at noon. Al Plan, Seward athletic director, said the game has been postponed because officials could not be found for Thursday.

Homer changes time of swim meet

Homer has moved up the start time of its Friday swim meet with Seward to 5:15 p.m. There will be no spectators at the meet. Streaming is available on the Homer Mariners YouTube channel.

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