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No U.S. Track and Field Championships for first time in 120-plus years

2019 USATF Outdoor Championships

DES MOINES, IOWA - JULY 27: Allyson Felix competes in the Women’s 400 Meter Final during the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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There will be no national championships-level track and field meet this year, ending a streak of more than 120 consecutive years crowning U.S. champions.

USA Track and Field announced that preliminary plans for a mid-September meet were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Safety hurdles were too steep to overcome,” according to a press release.

A USATF group unanimously decided not to attempt a meet, “advising against conducting a large mass gathering event involving travel by participants from all regions of the country.”

USATF previously announced on June 26 that it was developing contingency plans and potential options for a “national season ending event” in September.

USATF records show national champions in every year dating to 1876. The Olympic Trials would have served as this year’s national championships-level meet.

Trials were rescheduled for June 2021 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., which would have been the setting for this summer’s trials.

The track and field season continues with Diamond League meets in Monaco (Aug. 14) and Stockholm (Aug. 23).

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