The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Girls Union announced a change in the state cross country meets this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State qualifying meets and the state meet will now be separated by classification and take place over two days. Class 4A and Class 3A will run their meets one day earlier than initially planned, with state qualifying now taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and the state meet on Friday, Oct. 30.
Class 2A and Class 1A will compete on the originally scheduled dates, with state qualifying on Thursday, Oct. 22 and the state meet on Saturday, Oct. 31.
The state meet will remain in Fort Dodge at Lakeside Golf Course, where it has been run as a co-ed event since 1993.