Evart's 3-sport athlete's season ends too soon
EVART -- It was a unique 2019-20 sports season for Evart sophomore Haidyn Simmer.
But like for most three-sport athletes, it ended too soon.
The Wildcat coaching staff was anticipating some unique things from Simmer.
"Haidyn Simmer made states as a freshman in the relay and will be a huge asset," Evart coach Todd Scott predicted prior to the cancellation of the season.
He was also varsity player in football and basketball.
"It was definitely an improvement from last year (in both)," he said. "We came more as a team than in the last couple of teams I've played. "Varsity football was definitely a lot different because guys are a lot bigger."
Simmer has been on the track team for four seasons. Long jump was his best event.
"Last year I jumped 19-3 in the last meet," he said. "Our 4x2 team was pretty solid. We went to state."
Cameron Brasington was returning from the relay team, along with Simmer, plus two newcomers.
Simmer said "lots of" form is the key in being a good long jumper.
As an Evart team, "we could have been pretty good," Simmer said. "We're definitely spread out from our long distances to the sprints. In the field events, we're going to add a couple more kids. We're looking pretty solid."
Simmer was playing for Evart's basketball team in its final game on March 11. A day later, the winter sports season was suspended. Two days later, the spring sports season was suspended.
On April 3, everything was canceled.
"I was a little upset, I was kind of looking forward to track this year," Simmer said. "I'm trying to stay fit and not get out of shape. Hopefully this virus passes by so we have a football season. They're planning on having a season. (Coaches) are sending us some workouts to do."