Each week, The Daily Herald will interview a Tyrone or Bellwood-Antis High School senior that had their winter championships or spring sports season canceled. This week's senior is Tyrone track and field athlete Nick Vasbinder.
Vasbinder earned a 20th place finish in the triple jump in last year's PIAA Class AA Track and Field Championships, and also qualified for the event as a sophomore, as well.
Vasbinder took a few minutes to do a phone interview on Thursday with The Daily Herald. Here are his comments:
Q: What have you been doing since school was canceled back in March?
A: "I've just been keeping in touch with my fellow peers about everything that's going on with the senior class. I've also been trying to work out as much as I can with what I have. Overall, I've just been taking what I can get and making the best out of everything we've been given."
Q: Were you surprised when track was canceled this year?
A: "Once I heard about how things were going in other places, it was a lot less surprising. How quickly everything got canceled was definitely a surprise for me. It was very sudden."
Q: How successful do you think you and your team was going to be this season?
A: "Personally I thought we were going to do pretty well. We had a few really good seniors. A lot of the younger kids were doing well and they were promising. I hope they double that amount of what we thought was going to happen this year to next year. I was hoping for very good things."
Q: What are you missing the most right now?
A: "Probably the personal connection with other people, whether it be from track or other extracurricular activities. Just seeing people. It's a matter of building relationships. With this happening my senior year, it's going to be a little different to have to face the fact that I won't have another year in high school to make those connections."
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
A: "I'm going to be attending Penn State University in University Park. I'm going to major in kinesiology. Hopefully I'll go beyond a bachelor's degree. That's my plan at the moment. I'm going to possibly be playing club soccer and hopefully be on the club track team, if not the Penn State track team, in the future."
Q: What do you want to do with your kinesiology degree?
A: "I took anatomy this year and I've just kind of developed an interest in how the body moves. So I want to possibly earn my masters or my doctorate and become a strength and conditioning coach for a college or professional sports team."
Q: What has been the best part about competing in track at Tyrone?
A: "My personal favorite thing is when you made a personal best, and just the anticipation of hearing your number. It's just a matter of a few seconds, but it feels like hours on days of when you're going to hear this number. It's the anticipation of seeing how well you can do."