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Doddridge County cross country team to compete in regional meet

WEST UNION — The Doddridge County cross country team is now able to compete in today’s regional meet after they were initially told by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission they weren’t able to because the county was in the red on the county map at the time.

After working with Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Doddridge County was allowed to participate in the meet on a few conditions: the county must remain orange, its current state, and all athletes must receive a rapid COVID-19 test.

“We’re thrilled that we’re able to compete,” Superintendent Adam Cheeseman said. “We appreciate the governor, DHHR and all the entities in Charleston. We really appreciate them considering this and overturning the initial guidance. We’re really happy about it.”

Cheeseman said the main reason they are able to participate is the fact that cross country is a no contact sport and takes place outside.

Athletes had to travel to Morgantown for the rapid testing since Doddridge County does not yet offer the rapid COVID-19 tests.

Cross county runners will participate in the regional meet today in Tucker County. Those who qualify will continue on to the state meet.

“We just appreciate that they heard us. It just goes to show what happens when a community comes together,” Cheeseman said.

Doddridge County is now in the orange category on the DHHR map, as of Monday, Cheeseman said.

According to the Doddridge County Health Department, the county has 17 active cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

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