WHAC cancels spring competition; seven RU sports shut down
by Christian Frazier
The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, which Rochester University competes in, has canceled spring athletic seasons effective March 14, 2020, in an "abundance of caution and a desire to contain the spread of COVID-19," according to a statement released by the WHAC on March 13.
WHAC Commissioner Rob Miller said, “This has been the most disruptive week I have ever experienced in 35 years of intercollegiate athletics.”
The RU sports affected by this decision are men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and men’s and women’s golf.
On Friday, March 13, RU Athletic Director Klint Pleasant emailed student-athletes affected by the cancelation and said, “As hard as it is, I respect the collective wisdom of the leaders that were involved in the decision. This is an unprecedented time with no clear instruction manual for each decision.”
After hearing the news, Dominic Scalzo, a freshman on Rochester’s baseball team and sports management major, tweeted, “This stinks, the seniors on my team don’t deserve this ending for what they have done for me as a freshman and this program overall.”
The WHAC has no plans to resume play and said the 12 member universities will use the spring to prepare for the 2020-21 athletic season.