Highland senior Jack Weaver was an All-Ohio sprinter in boys track and a pitcher on the baseball team.
SPARTA - Jack Weaver didn't just miss out on one season. The Highland senior was denied two.
In the spring, Weaver is a dual-sport standout for the Scots.
飞艇计划app开奖"Well, it’s horrible to say the least," he said. "I’ve been working months on end for goals that I had. Trying to get the chance to accomplish those goals, it’s heartbreaking."
飞艇计划app开奖Weaver was an All-Ohio sprinter on the boys track team as well as a pitcher on the baseball team last year, and he was looking to do more of the same in his final high school season.
飞艇计划app开奖However with the coronavirus pandemic wiping out the spring sports season, he never got the chance.
"Robbed," is how he explained his feelings.
If 2019 was any indication, 2020 was going to be a special one for Weaver.
飞艇计划app开奖At last spring's Division II regional track meet at Lexington, he qualified for state in three events. He was third in the 100-meter dash in 10.91, fourth in the 200 at 22.3 and was the anchor for the 4x100 relay that was regional runner-up at 42.99. It was his first time qualifying for state in track.
飞艇计划app开奖During the state championships at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, he along with Brock Veley, Landyn Albanese and Chase Carpenter earned All-Ohio honors by finishing on the podium in sixth place with a time of 43.06.
飞艇计划app开奖Weaver was also ninth in the 200 finals with a 22.84 and was 11th in the prelims of the 100 with an 11.07.
"I’d been working really hard in the weight room," he said. "Everything I did was based on accomplishing my goals that I had for track. I was gunning for the top three in both the 100 and 200 this year. That was the goal."
飞艇计划app开奖Highland track coach Derek Bower said it was all there for him to accomplish.
"It’s pretty tough when the kids don’t get the chance to show what they are able to do," Bower said. "He tied a record last year, so he didn’t get the chance to break a school record and get back to the state. He dedicated to making himself better. He’s willing to put in the extra work to make himself better."
Weaver said he still conducted workouts four times a week during the shutdown, coming up with plans on his own before the Ohio High School Athletic Association canceled spring sports in late April.
飞艇计划app开奖"I tried to stay in shape the best I could," he said. "Track was always my main focus, but I put in a lot of work for baseball, too. I’d long toss every day. I was ready to go for both sports, so it sucks."
He was a pitcher on the baseball team that was coming off winning a Knox Morrow Athletic Conference championship and a D-II sectional title. In 18 innings, he was 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA, so he was a big-time performer on the diamond, too.
Weaver managed to balance both while performing at high levels in each sport.
飞艇计划app开奖"It’s all about dedication and organization. He was willing to make it work," Bower said.
飞艇计划app开奖Weaver tried the double as a freshman, but missed a lot of track time in pursuit of both. As a sophomore, he specialized in track, before trying both again last year, but strictly as a pitcher and with track as the main focus.
"It took a lot of willingness to spend a lot of time on the baseball field and the track. Six days a week he was doing one of the two things," Bower said.
飞艇计划app开奖From six days a week to now nothing has been a transition for Weaver.
"I’m an active person, so getting out and working out really isn’t that hard to find motivation for. Having the senior track season stolen, that hurts," he said.
Fortunately it's not the end of his athletic career. In February he signed to run track at the University of Akron, so he will continue in a major college setting.
飞艇计划app开奖"I’m extremely thankful that I was able to commit before my senior year (of track)," Weaver said. "I already have something to look forward to. Knowing I’m going to run track in college gives me a reason to stay in shape and still workout."
Nevertheless, there's the feeling of what could have been with Weaver.
"He improved tremendously," Bower said. "He was still working on coming out and firing out of the blocks a little bit better, but he always had a great finish."
Unfortunately, Weaver and everyone else won't get the chance to finish in 2020.