Conference Updates


Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of conference updates. Some conferences may be absent from our updates or may have been mentioned in a separate article.


Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (D1)

On Monday, the MAAC announced that they will be cancelling competition for fall sports this year. They will continue to evaluate whether or not fall sports can be played in the spring. It should be noted that the conference does not sponsor football as a sport.


The MAAC is home to the Iona Gaels, historically one of the best cross country teams in the NCAA for years now. The MAAC now joins the Patriot League and Ivy League as notable D1 conferences that will not be playing fall sports this year.


Summit League (D1)

Earlier today, the Summit League announced that they will be delaying the start of competition for fall sports until September 23rd. At the moment, a conference-only schedule is being adopted for soccer and volleyball, but not cross country.


BIG South (D1)

Last week, the BIG South conference announced that they will be delaying the start of fall competition until September 3rd. The conference is home to the Campbell Camels, a program that has developed some of the top individual distance talents over the past few years.


Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (D2)

Yesterday, the RMAC released a "Return to Play" update which stated that they will delay the start of competition for fall sports until September 18th. The RMAC also agreed to a "conference-only" schedule for multiple fall sports, none of which included cross country.


The RMAC is easily the most elite conference in the NCAA when it comes to D2 distance running. Teams such as Adams State, Colorado Mines, Western Colorado, CSU-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs are often the best teams in the NCAA on an annual basis. Numerous other programs in the conference have been responsible for developing a handful of top-tier individual talents.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (D3)

Yesterday, the WIAC announced that they will be cancelling fall sports for this year, although women's golf and women's tennis will be moved to the 2021 spring term. The WIAC is one of the top D3 conferences in the country when it comes to distance running. UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and UW-Stout each had a team qualify for D3 NCAA XC Championships in 2019.


College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (D3)

Yesterday, the CCIW announced that they will be "postponing" all fall sports for the upcoming semester and are "exploring competition opportunities" in the spring of 2021. The CCIW is home to a handful of respectable cross country programs, specifically North Central which has consistently been one of the most dominant men's teams at the D3 level for decades.


Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (D3)

Earlier today, the MIAC announced that they will "postpone" competition for most of their fall sports (which includes cross country) for the upcoming fall semester. The conference is "working to develop spring schedules" for those sports.


Last fall, the MIAC sent both the Carleton men and women to the D3 XC National Championships as well as the Saint Thomas men and the Saint Olaf men.


Northwest Conference (D3)

Last week, the NWC announced that they will be postponing conference competition in numerous fall sports. However, cross country will be permitted to compete this fall "in accordance with local, state and federal health directives."