On March 17 the Northwest Athletics Conference (NWAC) announced they would cancel all sports and NWAC events for the 2020 spring season. All across the world sports are being shut down to help avoid the spread of COVID-19, from little leagues to professional teams.
While other athletes across the globe will resume playing when the pandemic is over. Many college student-athletes will have missed out on their last opportunity to play for their school or even their last chance to play the sport they love.
Jett Pharn-Cromb is just one student affected by the spring season being canceled. Pharn-Cromb was set to run his second and final season on the penguin’s track and field team this spring. The team began training last fall but, they were only able to compete once back in March.
“I was really sad,” Pharn-Cromb said when he first learned the season was canceled. “I had lots of goals I wanted to achieve, and more importantly I was sad that I wouldn’t get to spend the rest of the season with my teammates. We all worked really hard, and for the season to get canceled and not be able to show all of our hard work was a little depressing,” he added.
Pharn-Cromb isn’t happy he won’t get to compete for a while, but he’s spending his time in quarantine getting ready for his next track season at Warner Pacific University. “I’ve been doing workouts on the track to stay in shape and I’ve been working twice as hard… with the season being canceled I’m just more motivated for the next.”
Some of Clark’s teams are still finding ways to stay in touch. “We use Zoom for our meetings and weekly lifts,” said Grant Francis, the catcher for the baseball team.“We do a lot of bodyweight workouts since not everyone has weights at home, and fighting the urge to snack all day is hard, but we have to stay ready,” Francis added.