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Dacula’s Christopher Scott sprints to the finish in the 200-meter dash at the 2019 GHSA Track and Field Championships.

While the addition of a shot clock in basketball was big news from the Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee meeting Tuesday, it also was a big day for changes in cross country and track and field.

Cross country saw one major adjustment — eliminating area meets and instead holding region competitions for Class AAAAAAA to A — while track and field was approved for widespread changes that had been suggested by coaches statewide.

Those track and field changes are as follows:

♦ Schools may enter three athletes in each of the 14 events at area and region qualifying track meets.

♦ The GHSA will adopt NFHS Rule 4-2-1 that individual athletes may compete in any four events, and also may be listed as one of eight participants on relays in track and field meets.

♦ Area and region schools are allowed only one track relay entry per relay with eight names listed at area and region qualifying track meets.

♦ Added the 3,200-meter relay to the list of track events.

♦ Phase in the 800-meter relay by the spring of 2022.

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