By Wayne Crick
Head Delta High School track coach Ryan Whittington is hoping the recently suspended track season will be reinstated following an evaluation process involving high school officials, health officials and the CHSAA. The suspension for spring sports, and other school-associated activities, was recently pushed back to April 30. Whittington is holding onto hope for a partial track season for the 2020 season.
Whittington has visions of a great 2020 track season with a group of 15 returning state qualifiers on this year’s roster. Seniors in that returning group include Remi Baldwin (100 and 300 meter hurdles; 400m and 800m relays), Jarrett Hernandez (400 and 800m relays) and Ku la Moo (400m relay).
Junior returners include 10 athletes who will be instrumental in Delta’s success once again in 2020. The list of junior girls includes Marcy Schaal (400 and 800m relays), Jessica Dexter (1600m relay), Emma Corbasson (1600m relay), Alexa Huff (1600m relay), Taylor Huntley (800m relay), Autumn Eddy (400m and 800 sprint medley relay), Hannah Sterns (high jump) and Keely Porter (shot put and discus). Junior boy returnees are Noah Nortnik and Colton Johnson (both as members of the 800m relay team). Two sophomores, Raelee McCurdy and Alexis Munoz competed on the 400m relay team as well.
Whittington noted several athletes who should be major contributors to this year’s team, including Nicole Koch and seniors Madi Geick, Martin Corral and Hunter Hughes.
The announcement of suspending the track campaign was a shock for many athletes, coaches, parents and relatives, and fans in the Delta community. Coach Whittington expressed his feelings on the topic in an email interview: “Obviously this is a heck of an ordeal and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected. With the delay of spring sports, I just think it’s disappointing first and foremost for all of our student-athletes. They have been looking forward to competing, and competing at a high level in track and field all year. With the remainder of the season in jeopardy my heart really goes out to all of our seniors because there is a strong possibility they might not ever compete again at any level. This whole ordeal is just a sad situation for our nation and really globally. ...Hopefully we can pull through this stronger than ever before.”