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CWCR00;sports season axed as well

Apr 9, 2020 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

The moratorium on school sports that wiped out the spring season for good isn't affecting only Fremont County's high schools.

Central Wyoming College's spring sports season has been cancelled as well.

The spring seasons for college golf, rodeo and cross country will not be held in Region IX this year.

The Central soccer program endured the trials of entering a collegiate sport for the first time last spring, and hopes were high for the men and women's teams to be more competitive with an additional year of athletes recruited, but that will have to wait until 2021.

The Rustler women's golf team was the Region IX champion in 2019 and returned a solid group of women to the links this year. Fans of the program expected another title this spring, but golf also on hold for at least a year.

The men's team is in the same situation and will not compete this spring.

Rodeo almost was a different story. Central Wyoming College opted not to compete this spring and neither the men nor the women would have been eligible for the national finals. In any case, the College National Finals Rodeo, held each June in Casper, now has been cancelled as well.

Most norther colleges wouldn't have sent competitors to the CNFR, but a few early rodeos in Texas, Arizona and California were held and might have produced qualifiers for the national event.

There would have been just a few athletes competing at the CNFR, and coronavirus guidelines about large crows of spectators might still be in place by June.

So, after keeping hope alive that the CNFR still might happen, officials shut it down earlier this week.

The National Junior College Athletic Association is in the process of granting an additional year of eligibility to athletes sidelined by the COVID-19 quarantine from competition.

The procedure will be finalized later, with guidelines for athletes in all spring sports to obtain an additional year of eligible competition.

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