Earlier today, Williams College announced that the university will not participate in fall sports in 2020. The decision stems from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and concerns regarding increased exposure.
Williams still plans on offering in-person classes for the upcoming fall semester.
Williams College is one of the NCAA's first major distance programs to announce that they will not be having fall athletics this year. Williams now joins fellow D3 school Bowdoin College and D2 program Morehouse College as universities that are cancelling fall sports. Earlier in the year, the CCAA -- a major D2 conference in collegiate distance running -- suspended fall athletics after California State University opted to resume online classes for all 23 of its campuses this fall.
Williams -- known as the "Ephs" -- is home to one of the best D3 cross country programs in the nation. Last fall, both the men's and women's teams finished 3rd at the NCAA XC Championships. Returning this year was Aidan Ryan, a potential contender for the men's individual cross country national title.
According to sources, Pomona-Pitzer is expected to make an announcement regarding the status of their fall sports on Wednesday.