GNAC Suspends Fall Sports Through November 30th, Other Conferences Make Announcements


The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced that they will be suspending all intercollegiate athletics competition through November 30th of this year. The conference also noted that they will "continue to monitor developments" and "make a decision by Oct. 15 regarding the status of competition after Nov. 30."

The GNAC is home to numerous top-ranked Division Two distance programs including Alaska Anchorage, Western Oregon, Northwest Nazarene, Seattle Pacific, Western Washington and Simon Fraser.


Last fall, the GNAC sent four women's teams and one men's team to the 2019 D2 NCAA XC Championships. The GNAC joins the NE-10 as another competitive D2 conference that is not expected to compete in fall sports this year.


The Sunshine State Conference also announced that they will be postponing all competition for fall sports this year. The conference "is planning on conducting competition for the fall sports and the spring sports in the spring 2021 semester."


The Sunshine State Conference was represented by the Saint Leo men and women as well as the Tampa women at the D2 NCAA XC Championships last fall.

Additionally, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced yesterday that they will also suspend all conference competition for fall sports for the rest of the upcoming semester.


The conference noted that they will "discuss plans for the second half of the 2020-2021 academic year" and "if conference scheduling were to resume, it would not happen before January 1, 2021 in all sports."


Multiple NEWMAC schools such as MIT, Wheaton College, Mount Holyoke and numerous others had already announced that they would not be competing in fall sports for the upcoming semester prior to the NEWMAC's decision.