PHOTO PROVIDED BY AUSTIN TROYER
Dalton graduate Austin Troyer competed in 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints. He had hoped to make it on a relay team this year, win county and “have a fun time with friends.”
By ARIEL STAHLER
DGKN sports writer
The 2020 high school spring sports season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dalton Gazette & Kidron News is featuring Dalton High School spring athletes who recently graduated and did not get to represent the Dawgs in their final season. This week’s graduate is track and field athlete Austin Troyer. He competed in 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints.
What was your reaction when you found out spring sports were canceled?
I was surprised and didn’t know what to expect. I was a little devastated, but things happen and they happen for a reason.
What were some of your goals for this season?
Some of my goals were probably to make it on a relay team, win county and have a fun time with friends.
What were you looking forward to most for your senior season?
I was looking forward to having a fun spring time with track, being with friends and doing the sport I like to play.
What do you miss most about track and field?
I miss being around the culture of track. It’s a different culture. It’s more relaxing because you run and then you relax and then you run and relax. It’s a lot more relaxing; not too stressful.
How have you been keeping active during your time at home?
I would work out a few times and run here and there on the track.
How did you adjust to distance learning?
I got to sleep in more. I had to manage my time correctly and make sure I would get everything finished on time.
Are there any new hobbies or activities you have been keeping busy with?
I actually got to go fishing more and just spend a lot more time with my family.
Have you learned anything new about yourself during this time?
I took in how much I’ve been missing out, being with family and just how things in life won’t go as planned. There’s always a way out of it and make the best of it.
What are your plans now that you have graduated?
Right now, I am working throughout the summer and then I will be going to Kent State to study nutrition.