With the Whatcom Community College cross-country team’s season just
around the corner, a group of young athletes are preparing to compete
for the first time as an Orca runner. A collective of fourteen athletes
make up the team, six on the women’s and eight on the men’s.
Since the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, they had to adjust to the
uncertainty and possible disappointment of their season. Intended to
begin in Fall 2020, the cross-country season was postponed. Last
August, was supposed to be their first meet, but also was cancelled due
to safety and precautions.
Coach Jay Sloane said that with the circumstances of this year, there
have been a lot of obstacles to face.
COVID-19 has canceled many things,
and for the music industry, which relies heavily on in-person gatherings, some
have found creative ways to engage their audiences and use music as a way to
For local musicians like trumpeter Pace
Rubadeau, music has not been canceled – it’s just found a new venue.
For 53 days, Rubadeau stood in the
mostly empty parking lot at the corner of C and Girard streets, serenading the
neighborhood with tunes from his trumpet.
2020 has been a very different year
than normal for all of us. COVID-19 has affected everyone in ways we never
thought would happen, and for the most vulnerable of our communities, it has
made life even harder.
For many in our community, the shutdown means no job, no opportunity to earn money, and no guarantee of food on the table. Nearly 20% of Bellingham visits the food bank on a regular basis, according to data released by the Bellingham Food Bank, and COVID has only made it more difficult for already struggling families to get the food they need.
The Whatcom Community College Athletics program will include a cross
country team for the fall 2020 season, and will be coached by Jay Sloane.
Director for Athletics and Recreation at Whatcom, Danny Day, said the
college was looking for new opportunities to provide to students, and cross
country came up as a program that would benefit both the students and