I still remember where I was when I was made aware that our season had been cancelled for the rest of the year. For some of us, the rest of our lives.
We were on the track logging more hours as we were coming off a successful indoor championship run. With our sport having the longest season of them all, starting in August, we continued to dedicate ourselves.
Myself and a few others decided to continue practicing, but with the spread of COVID-19 this has been taken from us as well. Since then, we’ve had to adjust to online classes which has been okay thus far. I think the transition was as seamless as it could have been, so for that I’m grateful.
Although our season is over, I have no regrets of the time I spent dedicating to Track and Field. From facing D1 competition at the age of 16 to standing on the podium 4 years later, this is more than I ever imagined would happen. Walking into a program that was able to recognize my potential to then dedicate itself to cultivating it was the experience of a lifetime.
My first collegiate sprint coach was somewhat of a catalyst for my determination within the sport. Since then, the team and staff has meant a great deal to me and their companionship will remain regardless of competition or not.