MIAC postpones most fall sports to spring due to COVID-19

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Tuesday it would postpone the 2020 fall sports season for football, cross country, soccer, and volleyball due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An official announcement says the conference is working on spring schedules for those postponed sports.

Golf and tennis will be allowed to play on schedule due to the sports being “low-risk,” per the release.

Saint Mary’s VP for Student Affairs Dr. Tim Gossen issued a statement after the announcement:

“We know this wasn’t an easy decision for the MIAC to make, but we understand this outcome because our No. 1 priority has always been our students’ safety as well. A considerable amount of effort was put into finding a different solution. However, we believe ultimately this decision is in the best interest of our student-athletes as well as our university as a whole. We share in the obvious disappointment of student-athletes, particularly our seniors, and we will do all we can to support them physically and emotionally. We place tremendous value on the importance of intercollegiate varsity athletics, but value the health, safety, and future well-being of those student-athletes, as well.”

Per a Saint Mary’s release, athletic director Brian Sisson says Saint Mary’s athletes will be able to practice and continue workout programs in the fall while following health guidelines.