DIKE (KWWL) -- "It's most definitely interesting. It's a big slowdown."
To say this spring has been an adjustment for Dike-New Hartford boys' track coach Will Reingardt would be a bit of an understatement.
"It's been different most
definitely not being around the kids," says Reingardt,
and working with them, going to practice."
Just under 11 months ago Coach Reingardt led the Dike-New Hartford Wolverines to a class 2A state track championship, the first for either community since 1982's title for the New Hartford Hawks.
"That was a very awesome experience for the kids and the team last year," he recalls fondly, "Most definitely we had a lot of memories made and a lot of kids stepping up."
This year's title defense sits on hold with the season suspended and practices prohibited. Many Wolverine athletes, like defending Drake and state long jump champ Parker Kiewiet, find their training routines this spring to be a bit more lonely.
"It's hard to stay motivated with that we do, because at practices, we obviously compete with each other," says Kiewiet who's done several solo workouts, "We make each other work very hard."
"You can send emails, text messages," adds Reingardt of his current coaching situation, "That's pretty much what you're limited to right now. So, every Sunday I'm sending out workouts to the kids."
While those aren't mandatory, D-NH athletes continue to work, hoping that the spring season comes back even if it's limited to a few short weeks. Coach Reingardt has his fingers crossed.
"I'm very hopeful. Even the Drake Relays, they haven't canceled, they've only postponed. So, having that hope is nice."