McClave High School's Trace Cox had waited all school year for the 2020 Cardinals' track and field season. However, that wait was all in vain as the track season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I was pretty sad and kind of mad about it," Cox said. "I waited for high school track and I thought I really had a chance at a state title. I had been running almost every single day since last season. I was sad that it it was all over."
Cox was exclusively a track and field athlete at McClave and did not participate in any other sport.
"Track was the only thing I had ever been good at," Cox said. "I'm kind of mad at myself because I waited this long do it in high school."
Cox was a state qualifier last season and was a placer on two relay teams. The Cardinals' 4x800-meter relay team finished third, while the 4x400 team placed fifth.
Cox had hoped to improve upon those placings this year as well as placing in some individual events.
"I was really improving and all my current coaches and my past coaches thought I could be really good. My teammates also thought I had a good shot. But all of that is down the drain."
In additions to the relays, Cox was going to compete in the mile and two mile runs this year.
Cox also excelled off the track as he was also a good student. In fact, be has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and is the valedictorian of the Class of 2020.
Cox plans to go to college next season. Hs choice is Colorado Mesa University.
"I don't know if I'm going to run at the collegiate level," Cox said. "It all depends. I've been working on my car and I have to get a job, so I don't know if I will be able to handle all of that. But I might just do it for fun. I've been trying to run every day even thought it don't mean anything now."