Officials cancel 2020 Arcadia Invitational while the future of the Rio Hondo League spring season is still up in the air

Story by Cloe Maurer
Associate Feature Editor

Photo by Ella Jayasekera
Associate Photo Editor

The 2020 Arcadia Invitational, one of the largest and most prestigious track meets in the nation, was canceled on Monday, Mar. 16, in accordance with new state and federal restrictions in an attempt to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was yet another major halt in the sports world, following professional leagues’ suspensions, CIF cancellations, and the Rio Hondo League’s postponement

“It is definitely a sad thing to hear. Arcadia’s one of the biggest meets during the season and losing it means that my track career is cutting short. I jump far at this meet all the time and it’s too bad that I don’t have a chance this year,” senior triple jumper Tianhao (T.H.) Wei said. 

Most other South Pas preseason competitions have been canceled and the athletic department has had no plans to reschedule. Meanwhile, the Rio Hondo League is still undecided on how to approach the spring season schedule. 

“The [athletic directors] of the league have been in discussion of possibly modifying the league schedule when we return. It is disheartening to shorten the season, especially with all of the hard work that everyone has put in,” athletic director Anthony Chan said. “However, these are unprecedented times and there are no guarantees that we will return on Apr. 6.”

This is an ongoing story. All local coronavirus updates can be found here.

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