Shorewood’s Jonathan Birchman, center, jumps over the last hurdle int he 3A Boys 110 meter hurdles during the second day of competition at the 4A/3A/2A State Track Field Championships on Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Shorewood’s Jonathan Birchman, center, jumps over the last hurdle int he 3A Boys 110 meter hurdles during the second day of competition at the 4A/3A/2A State Track Field Championships on Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Extension of school closures ends hopes for spring sports

Gov. Jay Inslee’s order Monday included the cancellation of extracurricular athletics and activities.

Any holdout of hope for the possibility of competition for high school athletes this spring is officially over.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s order to extend school closures through June 19 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year, according to a release from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association on Monday night.

“The WIAA Executive Board and the WIAA Staff feel for those students around the state that have had their seasons or careers cut short,” the organization said in the release. “This terrible disease has not only prevented students from creating lifelong memories through competition, it has limited the valuable lessons gained through participation in education-based athletics and activities.”

The WIAA had previously expressed holding “some sort of culminating event” for spring athletes if school returned after the May 4 date previously set by the governor as a possible return.

Spring sports include: baseball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls track and field, boys soccer, girls tennis and softball.

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