Last week marked the fourth week of in-person learning and the beginning of the Trinidad State varsity cross country season.
“I am very pleased to have the students here in person, you can feel the energy they bring to the campus,” said Trinidad State Athletic Director Mike Salbato.
Athletics for Trinidad State, like most collegiate and high school sports in Colorado, has seen a big shift from previous years. As a member of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA), the Trojans are only allowed to field a competitive varsity cross-country team this fall. Volleyball, traditionally a fall sport has been pushed back to the winter season.
“I am extremely excited for this cross-country season. With all of the other sports postponed until spring, it really allows us to focus on the great work the running teams have been doing. They have been improving each season and this year should be no different. Adams State is the measuring stick when it comes to distance running in any of the college ranks, so I was very pleased with the showing the athletes put in against them last Friday. I can’t wait to see how we do in an actual meet in October. We also have the added incentive to grab the only two Region IX titles that are up for grabs this fall when we host the Region Championships on October 31. We have a pair of talented, driven coaches in Lauren and Kyle Masterson, so I know we will be ready,” said Salbato after a cross-country scrimmage this past weekend in Alamosa against the Adams State Grizzlies.
The Trojans next cross-country meet is on October 9, in Canyon, Texas where they will be competing against the host, the West Texas Buffaloes.
Trinidad State began reintegrating student athletes to campus in mid-July by bringing in cohorts of fifteen students to campus per day. Each student was given a COVID-19 test administered by Mt. San Rafael Hospital upon arrival, after which they were placed in a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine. During this time, students were assigned ‘family units’ wherein these groups of students could engage in limited activities around campus provided they follow health guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing.
In accordance with NJCAA guidelines, Trinidad State will begin varsity volleyball and basketball on January 11, 2021.
Salbato expressed the complexity of scheduling time in Scott Gym for three varsity teams, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, to practice in that space.
The 2021 spring sport schedule has been set for regional games to be played on a home and away basis with one of the teams traveling away while the other holds their ground at Scott Gym.
There will be increased use of campus facilities like weight rooms and sports fields as what are traditionally winter sports teams will be sharing their season with baseball, softball and track and field.