Brown and Jenko staying sharp until season commences


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Sydney Jenko (right) and Hugh Brown (left)

Ashley McCall, Staff Reporter

Uncertainty and unknown: these two words describe many John Carroll University athletes’ futures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on throughout the United States. Both in-person classes and sports have been postponed due to the virus, but not even a pandemic can stop JCU athletes from staying in shape and on top of their game. 

Sydney Jenko, a sophomore on the cross country and the track teams, trains between classes to stay conditioned for her season. 

“A lot of my classes are scheduled around when we would’ve had practice,” Jenko explains. “I try to stick to running during those times, which really helps me to stay focused.”

Jenko is one of many fall sports athletes whose season has been delayed to the spring. Winter sports athletes must also cope, as their season has been carried over to 2021. 

Hugh Brown, a junior on the JCU Men’s Basketball team, has been training on his own since the COVID-19 pandemic started. 

“Any work is good work, especially in the times we are living in now,” Brown stated. “Keeping a balance between not overdoing anything and still remaining sharp is key.”

Both of these athletes are hopeful that their sports will begin in 2021. But with the unpredictability of COVID-19, they have taken extra time to reflect on the purpose of their sports and how they have played a role in their lives up to this moment. 

“With all the uncertainty, it is important to remind yourself why you do what you do in the first place,” Jenko contemplated. “Racing is only part of the reason I love to run, but without being able to compete, I understand now that it is pushing myself that drives my love of running.”

Brown echoed  Jenko’s feelings. “I’ve been able to reflect on my purpose and understand that I cannot take any moment for granted,” Brown  said. “I miss my team and the chemistry that we have, but right now all we can do is dial in and prepare for the best or the worst.” 

As the times remain unprecedented, John Carroll athletes will rely on their routines to keep them focused on the season. Until then, athletes are staying active, healthy and safe until the opportunity to compete for a championship is presented again.