It’s not unusual to see outdoor sporting events postponed or the schedule otherwise altered by weather events in N’West Iowa. Or even indoor ones for that matter.

It is, however, a bit unusual to see one moved due to weather issues that are happening weeks ahead of when the event is scheduled.

The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced a venue change for the 2019 GPAC Cross Country Championship.

The meet was supposed to be hosted by Morningside College and held at Covington Links Golf Course in South Sioux City, NE, on Nov. 9.

The event will still be held Nov. 9, but has been moved to the Dordt University course in Sioux Center.

The move was made necessary by the recent flooding of the Missouri River.

Water is covering much of the Covington course.

“While the floodwater will likely recede by race day in South Sioux City, the likelihood of having a soft and soggy course would create tough conditions to have a championship event for the conference,” said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra. “In the best interest of our student-athletes we are making this decision now to change venues.”

Dordt University last hosted the GPAC Cross Country Championship in 2017. This year Dordt will host its own invitational on Oct. 12, and it hosted the Dakota State University Herb Blakely Invitational on Sept. 14 after flooding in Madison, SD, forced the event to be relocated.

“I appreciate Dordt’s willingness to host this event and help out in the time of need for our conference,” said Westra. “I also want to commend Morningside College on their due diligence to work out a solution to help make this a first-class event for the GPAC.”

Morningside College will remain as the host of the event with assistance from Dordt staff.

The women’s race will start at 10:45 a.m., with the men to follow at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 9.

Other oddities

This was the first year on the new course and with the new official moniker for the Sheldon Rise Invitational cross country meet, and the organizers threw in a neat twist.

The event, which was held on the grounds of the annual RiseFest concert, had a live DJ playing during the entire evening.

That seems to me to be a great idea.

I mean, I obviously don’t run. One look at me tells you that. But almost everyone I know who does run likes to listen to music while they are running.

It also gave the event a more big-time feel.

“I know some of the kids enjoyed it,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Tim Brunsting. “The course winds quite a bit and the wind was blowing, so in parts of the race you couldn’t really hear it. The DJ booth was more down by where the teams had set up camp. But the course did wind through there and I know talking to Dayton (Brunsting), when he was going by there was a song he liked playing and it pumped him up. I suppose if they are playing the right song at the right time, it can kind of motivate you and be an advantage.”

In a less pleasant development, the Gehlen Catholic football team has yet to play a home game in 2019.

The reasons for that were certainly beyond the Jays’ control.

Renovations to Lorenzen Field in LeMars were not done in time for the fall season, which caused the Jays to have to play their first two scheduled home games on the road.

This week was supposed to be the team’s first time out on the new field turf. It’s also homecoming week at Gehlen Catholic.

Unfortunately, there was no football game. MMCRU, which has been struggling with numbers in its program for the past couple of years, finally got to a point where it didn’t have enough healthy bodies to safely play a game. The Royals had to forfeit to the Jays.

Gehlen Catholic has just two home games left on the schedule.

It will host South O’Brien on Oct. 11, then Hinton will pay a visit the next week.

Henrichs perfect

The Northwest Iowa Community College sports shooting team came up short in its second event of the season, but the Thunder showed some improvement in a 485-462 loss at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo last Saturday.

Wind and rain were factors, but Thunder shooter Levi Henrichs wasn’t bothered in the least. The Sibley resident pocketed first place individually with a perfect score of 100.

“We competed even better than we did last week, but they did really well,” said Thunder coach Brian Lauck.