Local college athlete keeping focused during uncertain times

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the sports world.

Professional, collegiate and youth athletes in all sports are having to cope with disrupted seasons.

Some college athletes had their careers end unexpectedly, while others will have to wait months to compete again.

One local college standout is staying focused and learning to cope during these uncertain times.

Jordyn Huneke had just wrapped up competing in the indoor track season at Northern State University, when her pole vaulting career took a drastic turn.

The NCAA decided to cancel the spring sports season due to the coronavirus.

“I mean it was hard,” Jordyn Huneke said. “But at the same time, it was for the best.”

Fortunately for Huneke, the junior was granted another year of eligibility so she still has two years of competition remaining.

“The NCAA was nice enough to grant everybody’s spring season back,” Huneke said. “But they did not give the winter eligibility back so.” 

It’s not the first time uncertainty has surrounded Huneke’s pole vaulting career.

Earlier this year, she decided to transfer from Black Hills State to Northern State in Aberdeen.

“I transferred because I felt like I got the most out of my training at Black Hills State,” Huneke added. “But I still felt like I had a little bit more left in me.”


On top of the track season ending, the former Stevens standout has moved back to Rapid City thus missing out on valuable training time. 

But she’s determined to come back strong next season.

“My goals are definitely to make it back to Nationals and to keep doing the best I can,” said Huneke.

Although the pandemic is causing so much unknown, Huneke is taking it in stride.

“With the pandemic and everything, it kind of teaches you that you always can’t plan everything out,” Huneke said. “Things aren’t always going to go as planned. But you kind of just learn to adjust to it and make the most of it and do what you can.”



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