The date of this year’s state meet was pushed up one day, but race day is nearly here for cross country runners around Wyoming.

The Wyoming High School State Cross Country Championships will be run in Afton, Casper, and Douglas on Friday.

Mother Nature decided to bring some winter to the Cowboy State, and with the weather forecast at the three venues and teams traversing the state, the Wyoming High School Activities Association decided on Tuesday to make the change to Friday. The venues and start times remain the same but are just a day earlier than originally planned.

WyoPreps’ David Settle had a chance to visit earlier in the week with three head coaches about the course and prospects individually and team-wise for this year’s state championships.

In Class 2A, the closest team to being considered as a “host” school is the Glenrock Herders with the meet at the Douglas Community Golf Course. Here’s the conversation with Glenrock’s Chris Gray.

Class 3A stayed at the same site that was supposed to host everyone before COVID hit. Of course, that’s Afton and the Valley View Golf Course, where everyone was last year. Star Valley’s Ty Draney spoke about their course and 3A’s team and individual prospects.

Class 4A is at Paradise Valley Country Club in Casper. That was the site of the conference race for the 4A West a year ago. Now, it’s the state site, and Natrona head cross country coach Becky Sondag explains what it’s like for the runners and talks about the 4A competition.

Coach Draney even worked out a special message to all the competitors from two of the top runners in the world.

Classes 2A and 3A feature start times of 11 a.m. for the girls’ race and 11:45 a.m. for the boys’ race. For Class 4A, they will begin at 1 p.m. with the girls’ race, and that’s followed by the boys’ race at 1:40 p.m.

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