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Middle school cross country sidelined due to COVID-19

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With results near the top of the boards much of the season, Jones County’s middle school teams were set to have a strong chance to do
the same at this weekend’s Georgia Middle School State Cross Country Championships.

Due to COVID-19, those hopes have been derailed.

As a result of one of its runners testing positive COVID-19, the team has been quarantined, according to Jones County athletics director Barry Veal.

“Through contact tracing, following all CDC guidelines, we determined the best and safest course of action was to quarantine the middle
school cross country teams,” Veal said.

As a result, the season will end for Jones County’s runners one race before the culminating event of the season.

“The safety of all those involved is the most important thing,” Veal added.

Most recently, Jones County’s runners won the top boys and girls divisions last weekend’s Middle Georgia Middle School athletic league
championships, taking six of the top seven boys positions and the top three on the girls side.