The Canandaigua Daily Messenger has been asking area seniors to share their thoughts after losing their final season to the coronavirus pandemic.

I was really looking to cap off my senior year with a great spring season in track and field, especially having just come off such a high of the winter basketball season as well as cross country in the fall.

I’m not the kid who has been running his entire life, I just happened to fall in love with the sport and was looking forward to the culmination of four past years of work.

Each year, as members of the team, we were all asked to write a goal down and share it with the rest of the team to create a sense of accountability. Mine was to set a school record.

Fast forward to the end of my junior season and I was only three seconds away from that goal and I had to wait one more year for a chance to achieve the goal I had set as a freshman. Unfortunately, this COVID-19 situation has taken away opportunities like this from myself along as all athletes of class of 2020.

This will never be an easy thing to register for anyone who gets the last year of their high school career ripped away.

The thing is, it’s not the things that will forever be a “what if” that are going to hurt the most, I’m going to miss going to adventures around campus while we were supposed to be running or seeing Coach’s face when we split 7 seconds fast during the first lap of a race.

You can always go to the track and run by yourself to stay in shape, but if this quarantine has shown us athletes anything it is that we love these sports because of the people they bring us closer to, not solely competing with and against them.

In the end, we as athletes cannot change our situation but can only thank the people who made our high school athletic careers as successful as they were even without the closure of having a final season.

Prendergast will study chemical engineering at Clarkson University in the fall and hopes to play basketball.