A Season Cut Short

April 6, 2020

The Olivet College spring sports teams were ready to go, until the unexpected happened.

On March 13, via email, President Steven M. Corey said, “Olivet College and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association have cancelled all college athletics for the remainder of the 2020 academic year.” This cancellation is due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The virus cut the seasons of baseball, softball, men’s volleyball, golf, tennis, and track and field.

The biggest concern with the COVID-19 outbreak concerning sports was students losing eligibility.

Via email, Corey said, “The NCAA has taken action, effective immediately, through Division III Management and Presidents Council to work with institutions on providing blanket waivers for student-athletes participating in spring sports.”

 

For the senior Comets, most of their careers ended when the COVID-19 outbreak hit.

 

Senior infielder for women’s softball Taylor Shellenberger said, “As heartbreaking as knowing I will never step on a softball field again or have my official last game is, it is something that had to be done.”

 

Shellenberger also said, “It made me appreciate the game more and