Although this fall athletic season has been canceled, Blair and the other Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) schools have found a way to have a cross country season virtually.
Schools run against each other by running on their own courses and adding a handicap to their times to even the playing field. For example, Blair would subtract 25 seconds when comparing times with Peddie because of the hilly course Blair has in comparison to Peddie’s flat course.
“The boys have been excited to see new parts of the Paulinskill Rail Trail during some of our training runs,” said Tim Devaney, head boys’ cross country coach. “Although we are racing less frequently than in a normal year, the competitions we have on the horizon are providing excellent incentives to finish the season strong as a team and as individuals.”
"Virtual races aren't actual races and we shouldn't elevate their importance to what races would be in a normal season," said Latta Browse, head girls' cross country coach. "That said, they do mimic normal competition among MAPL schools in a manner not available to other teams, so the girls have embraced them as an important purpose of the season."
Throughout this MAPL virtual season, both cross country teams have competed hard against both Hill and Mercersburg thus far. Their next race will be this Friday against Lawrenceville.