State Track & Field Championships to remain in La Crosse
LA CROSSE – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have agreed to continue planning for the State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse June 24-26.
The state meet and all spring sports were canceled in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The schedule of the state meet will be altered this year from its traditional format to accommodate continued COVID-19 guidelines.
The meet will be held over three days, with events for both genders conducted in one day for each of the respective three divisions.
“For our high school track and field student-athletes, this year is significant,” WIAA Assistant Director Kate Peterson Abiad said. “On the heels of losing the 2019-20 season, we’re proud to offer the opportunity to compete on the UWL campus with the hospitality of the community. We’re grateful to our long-time host for helping make this happen.”
The accommodations and guidelines will permit up to 5,500 in attendance for each of the three days of competition.
The specific dates of the event are Thursday, June 24, for Division 3; Friday, June 25, for Division 2; and Saturday, June 26, for Division 1.
“UW-La Crosse and the community are delighted to partner with the WIAA and host the 2021 State Track Meet,” UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said. “It’s been a challenging year with COVID-19, but we look forward to putting on a memorable championship event.”
The State Track and Field Championships have been held at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of UW-La Crosse since 1990.
The event is the longest-running state high school meet in the country, with origins dating back to 1895.