ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - With further developments in the outbreak of COVID-19, St. Mary's College of Maryland will cancel all spring athletics practices and competitions through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent announcement from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) on March 13th on the cancelation of all Conference competitions, including Conference championship events through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
Also on March 13th, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the cancelation of all remaining winter and spring National Championship events for the 2019-20 season.
"It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement regarding Seahawks Athletics," stated St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics & Recreation Scott Devine. "Last week was an incredibly difficult emotional roller coaster ride for our student athletes, coaches, staff, parents of our student athletes, and our fans. Having said that, clearly we all have a critical role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Following the CDC informed decisions rendered late last week by the NCAA and the CAC in the face of this evolving world health crisis, canceling the spring season was the proper and responsible course of action for the College to take."
As of March 16th, 22 NCAA Division III conferences had officially canceled their spring seasons with 18 more suspending operations indefinitely or until a later date.
Devine concluded with, "we remain extremely proud of all of our Seahawk student athletes, but feel a particular sense of sadness and disappointment for our spring sports athletes and coaches because of the suddenness with which their respective seasons came to an end."
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