MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Department of Health is looking at lifting the mask restrictions during competition, after the Minnesota State High School League requested the change.

Everything about this is a welcome sight to students and coaches. Spud athletes are back outside practicing and competing, but the Minnesota rules for high school athletes have included masking during competition. For Moorhead High Senior Evan Myran, hopes are high for getting the mask rule lifted.

"It will be a lot better to just approach the race without worrying about all these other variables with the masks," Myran said. "We practice good social distancing outside of competing and we are safe on he bus, so if this gets the green light we will be safe and covid free."

If the Department of Health from the MSHSL, no mask will be required during competition like during a race or at bat. After the competition, or in-between events, masks will still be required.

"It is a credit to our athletes and our coaches. The things they have had to go through, missing spring meets last year and limited schedule this year, hats off to them and we are proud of everything they have done to this point," said Moorhead Track and Field coach Spencer Stowers.

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In Moorhead, sports impacted by a change include track, softball, Lacrosse and baseball. For athletes like Summer Carlson who runs the 800m, 400m as well as relays, lifting the restriction would be welcome.

"We want to be safe with wearing them when we are together and warming up, but I don't think it is an issue, I just don't think we are close for long periods of time," Carlson said.

For Spud ballplayers, masks would still be needed while in the dugout or in between innings.