Honoring Mariner's spring senior athletes
James Smith earned 12 varsity letters in high school career
Last updated 7/8/2020 at 4:23pm
James Smith was looking forward to wrapping up his four-year athletic career at Mariner High School.
The senior standout had trained hard for the upcoming track and field season.
"I knew I had made a lot of progress going into the season," said Smith, who ran in the 800- and 1,600-meter races and the 4-by-400 relay. "Time-wise, I was in good shape."
Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing the closure of schools throughout the state. Days turned into weeks and eventually the spring season was canceled.
Just like that Smith's high school athletic career was over.
"It felt like it was rip...