Bryce Stegman, a junior at Friends University and graduate from Pratt High School, came back home after in-person classes and sports were canceled earlier this spring. And now, in mid-May, he is still at home, wondering what might have been, if the season had progressed as expected.
While home, Stegman was notified that he received a KCAC Scholar Athlete Award, being 1 of 7 men from Friends University to receive the award. The requirements for the award were to be at least a sophomore in good academic standing, and to maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.
Stegman has already earned college track honors, including KCAC All-Conference Honorable mention for indoor 60 hurdles and outdoor 110 hurdles his freshman year, KCAC All-Conference honorable mention for outdoor long jump and triple jump his sophomore year, indoor KCAC All-Conference Honorable mention for the triple jump, and met the National Standard for the heptathlon.
What could have happened this spring will forever remain a mystery.
For next year, Stegman said he hopes to hit the National Standards in the heptathlon again, decathlon, 400 hurdles, and short sprint hurdles.
The track team had just finished the Indoor Nationals and were preparing for the outdoor season when COVID-19 hit the country, and Stegman said he was disappointed to be sent home unexpectedly.
“We built these relationships and spent all of this time training just for everything to be taken away,” Stegman said.
He was already home when he found out that the remainder of the semester would be moved online.
“I had to wait an extra week to be able to come back to school and grab all my stuff.”
He was expecting to be back to class, so the cancellation was a surprise to him.
“It was kind of just over,” Stegman said. “I was back home expecting to see everybody in less than a week and then it was just over.”
Stegman is studying to become a paleontologist by getting his undergraduates degree in General Biology with a minor in chemistry. After graduating next year, he plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Biology.