The Sunfair Invitational, the largest in-season country county invitational in Washington that draws nearly 100 schools to participate, has postponed the race from Saturday until Oct. 6 – a week later.
The reason? Air quality.
Here is a statement from meet director Phil English in today’s Yakima Herald Republic:
“We couldn’t wait any longer, and we really had no choice,” English said. “Predicting what conditions will be like is impossible. With so many teams planning on this, we had to make a decision now.”
English said that after consulting with the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency conditions are expected to be “borderline” on Saturday but it would have a better picture later in the week.
“Even if the conditions were acceptable at the high end it’s a difficult situation,” he said. “Some of our races are so big that if there were some breathing problems on a bigger scale than normal it could overwhelm our medical staff. Cross country is an extreme activity with high demands, obviously, on breathing.”
Sounds also like a few of the local teams that had planned on heading to Yakima this weekend will instead jump into the races at the Curtis Invitational on Saturday morning in University Place.