Gilbert senior track athlete Haleigh Hadley wasn’t in the best of moods on Monday.


The Iowa High School Athletic Association, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Iowa High School Music Association and Iowa High School Speech Association all suspended activities Monday in response to the community spread of the novel coronavirus. That followed Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’s decision to close schools across the state for four weeks after collaborating with the Iowa Department of Health.


With the decision came a delay for all high school spring sports across the states. The earliest schools and activities can resume is April 13.


“To put it in a few words, it’s very aggravating,” Hadley said.


Athletes will be encouraged to work out individually and maintain contact with coaches and teammates through social media. But they can’t meet on school grounds or work out as a team.


“It’ll set back our progress as a team almost to what we were before (spring) break,” Hadley said. “Since we can’t meet as a team there’s no guarantee that everyone can or will do the workouts.”


Hadley, an Iowa State volleyball recruit, is a two-time state qualifier in the Class 3A girls’ high jump and she also ran in the open 400 on the blue oval last year. Hadley placed 11th in each of her trips to state in the high jump and not being able to practice on school grounds is going to set her back.


“I don’t have a high-jump mat at my house,” Hadley said. “The only way I can practice is at school, but I have no access to it.”


Hadley’s frustration is shared among many athletes having to deal with the suspension of spring sports.


“I really do hope that this goes away as soon as possible so I can do what I love,” Nevada boys’ soccer player Jose Buenrrostro said. “This affects the team on being able to get in fitness and adapting to the coaches’ ideas. We have new ideas every year and we need practice for that.”


Buenrrostro led Nevada in both goals and assists last season with 19 and 16 respectively. As a freshman he helped the Cubs make the state tournament for the first time since 2013.


Roland-Story junior Kate Rahfeldt is attempting to make state individually in girls’ golf for the third year in a row. She placed ninth at last year’s 2A state meet.


“It’s hard to believe something like this is actually happening,” Rahfeldt said. “It didn’t really hit me until the other day when they started talking about cancelling schools for a few weeks and possibly postponing or even canceling spring sports. In high school, your time is limited to play the sport you love, unless you have the opportunity to play in college. Being a junior, I’m glad I have another year to play, but my time to show off to college coaches may be limited.”


Ballard boys’ tennis had a breakthrough season last year. The Bombers went 13-2 in 2019 and had two doubles teams qualify for state.


That’s prompted several athletes to become interested in the program. They will have to wait a few weeks at the very least before they can step out on the court representing the Bombers.


“I didn’t play last year and I was excited to start playing again,” Ballard junior Owen Harms said. “This is definitely really unfortunate.”


Should the worst-case scenario arise and the spring season is cancelled Buenrrostro, Rahfeldt and Harms can take solace in the fact that they’ll have another chance to compete next year. That’s not the case for all the senior athletes anxiously awaiting for one last go-around in high school.


“For the seniors playing a sport, I can only imagine what they may be feeling,” Rahfeldt said. “Participating in a sport that they love and not knowing when the last time will be their last time.”


Harms feels for his older brother Carter, who was a valuable part of last year’s team and figures to be an important cog in keeping things rolling for Ballard boys’ tennis.


“My brother has been practicing a lot all offseason,” Harms said. “He will miss a lot of opportunities he could’ve had. It’s just unfair and unlucky.”


Hadley isn’t ready for her career to end.


“Our seniors are a huge part of our team,” Hadley said. “It just really sucks that our season has been compromised.”


But Buenrrostro reminds all the athletes to keep things in perspective during this difficult time.


“Stay home and stay calm,” Buenrrostro said. “Best wishes for everyone.”