The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association confirmed Thursday it is planning to return the cross country state championship meet to Hereford this year.
Construction at the school forced last year’s title meet to be moved to McDaniel College in Carroll County. MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks said Thursday that construction seems to be progressing well, and Hereford has given tentative assurances that everything’s going to be ready for the Nov. 8 event.
Sparks said the final decision will come in early September although it’s on the MPSSAA’s cross country bulletin that the state title meet is going back to Hereford.
“That’s our plan,” Sparks said. “We’re anticipating things to work out.”
What makes this situation a bit complex is that the MPSSAA can’t return to McDaniel this year because the school is hosting a college football game that day. Sparks said the MPSSAA really liked how everything worked out there last year.
“Everything went very well, and we were very pleased,” Sparks said. “The folks at McDaniel were just terrific. We were able to have a first-class meet.”
Sparks said that, as of now, there’s no back-up plan if the Hereford situation falls through.
Hereford has hosted the championship meet since 1980, except for last year and a two-year period (1991 and 1992) when construction forced moving the event to McDaniel – then Western Maryland College.