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Cross country returning to cluster meets

The Lackawanna League plans to return to its cluster-meet format in the fall after altering its scheduling format in 2020 as a concession to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the 2020 season, the Lackawanna League broke its teams down into divisions and limited competition to dual meets between two schools in order to reduce the number of runners at each facility.

The Wyoming Valley Conference stayed with the cluster format, which creates larger meets with multiple schools.

The 2021 Lackawanna schedule calls for teams to once again work in three-team “clusters” that meet other clusters for six-team meets each week. That format allows all schools to run against each other in one 24-team league with 23 scored meets.

The clusters are:

Abington HeightsValley ViewNorth Pocono
SusquehannaMountain ViewForest City
Elk LakeMontroseBlue Ridge
Delaware ValleyWallenpaupackHonesdale
Scranton PrepHoly CrossCarbondale
ScrantonWest ScrantonMid Valley
Lackawanna TrailLakelandWestern Wayne
DunmoreOld ForgeRiverside

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