Days after a runner collapsed at the finish line, Oregon state officials have removed the requirement for athletes participating in outdoor, non-contact sports to wear masks during competition.
Oregon was one of the only states mandating masks for distance runners in high school track and cross country, according to OregonLive.
Athletes participating in events where they are less than six feet apart will still need to wear masks, according to The Bulletin, so certain events will need to be adjusted to allow for extra spacing.
“This is a big step in the right direction,” said Dave Turnbull, track and field coach at Summit High School. “We don’t want to see another Maggie Williams hit the track.”
Last week, Williams crumpled to the track at the finish line, but still set a school record in the 800-meter race.