Heritage’s Amiel Dabney competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the 2019 season.

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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