They will come, double-tie their sneakers, socially distance, wear masks until they take off in waves and run for individual and team glory.

That will be the scenario for high school cross-country student-athletes in the coming days as they compete in league and state championship races.

While that will be fun for a handful of Midcoast youngsters, the same cannot be said for other area student-athletes who will not get the opportunity to compete due forces outside their control — namely, the increases in COVID-19 cases in schools or county.

Spectators will not be allowed at the league or state championship races.

Oceanside of Rockland will compete on Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B races at the Quarry Road Trails in Waterville.

Unfortunately, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Belfast student-athletes will be unable to attend because those schools have suspended fall athletics due to positive COVID-19 cases in Regional School Unit 40 and the fact Waldo County is in "yellow" distinction for coronavirus.

The Mariners will compete in the league's boys race at 10:30 a.m. and girls race at 12:30 p.m.

Erskine Academy of South, Gardiner, Lawrence of Fairfield, Leavitt of Turner, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Morse of Bath, Nokomis of Newport, Waterville, Winslow and Maranacook of Readfield will join Oceanside for the races.

There will be four waves of runners, 15 to 20 seconds apart, for the two races.

KVAC Class B will send its top three teams (maximum 7 runners each) and top two individuals from schools that do not qualify as a team to the state championships.

Camden HIlls of Rockport will compete on Saturday, Oct. 31 in the KVAC Class A races at Cony High School in Augusta. The Windjammers will race at 12:45 p.m. (boys) and 1:30 p.m. (girls).

Traditionally, all girls and boys run together in separate races, but this year the races will include four groups and starts, with Class A South boys at 9:45 a.m., Class A South girls at 10:30 a.m., Class A North boys at 12:45 p.m. and Class A girls at 1:30 p.m. The Windjammers compete in the North.

Bangor, Brewer, Brunswick, Camden Hills, Cony of Augusta, Edward Little of Auburn, Hampden Academy, Lewiston, Messalonskee of Oakland, Mount Ararat of Topsham, Oxford Hills of South Paris, Skowhegan and Mount Blue of Farmington. The 13 teams will be split into North/South.

Camden Hills will run with Bangor, Brewer, Hampden Academy, Oxford Hills, Skowhegan and Mount Blue, while Brunswick, Cony, Edward Little, Lewiston, Messalonskee and Mount Ararat will compete earlier in the day.

KVAC Class A will send its top four teams (maximum 7 runners each) and top four individuals from schools that do not qualify as a team to the state championships.

Meanwhile, the Penobcot Valley Conference races will be Saturday, Oct. 31 at Saxl Park in Bangor, but Searsport runners will not compete because of the same circumstances as Belfast— namely, the school has halted fall sports due to the rise of positive virus cases in the county.

The Vikings were to compete in Class C division (boys 9 a.m. and girls 11:15 a.m.).

PVC Class C will send its top three teams (maximum 7 runners) and top two individuals from schools that do not qualify as a team to the state championships.

So, only about half of the Midcoast's teenage distance athletes, who have run a bundle of miles in practices and a handful of regular-season meet, will get the opportunity to test their physical and mental conditioning against others in the state at the conference and state meets.

The sites and dates of the state meets also have been determined after they needed to be moved out of Waldo County — Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast — due to coronavirus issues.

Those meets will be on Wednesday, Nov. 11 (boys) and Saturday, Nov. 14 (girls) at Saxl Park in Bangor. On those days, Class C will run at 9:30 a.m., Class A at noon and Class B at 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, so there will be no scheduled classes for students. Thus, the day is open for the boys event.

If its runners qualify, Camden Hills would compete in Class A and Oceanside in Class B.

On Friday, Oct. 23, Waldo County was designated "yellow" by the department of education. Under those guidelines, any county designated "yellow" should suspend interscholastic sports until the county returns to "green." The education department will keep Waldo County "yellow" for a minimum of 14 days.

The department of education has three designations, including "green," "yellow" and "red."

Categorization as “red” suggests a county has a high risk of COVID-19 spread. Categorization as “yellow” suggests a the county has an elevated risk of COVID-19 spread, while categorization as “green” suggests a county has a relatively low risk of COVID-19 spread.

Regional events, where runners typically qualify for state championships, will not be held this year. Thus, conference championship events, for this season, will be where teams and individuals potentially qualify for the states.

The MPA hopes to provide livestream for the state championship races.