Fort Walton Beach Viking Jamison Brundidge had his sights on hopefully making it to state with a chance to medal in track.
But with school not in session, at least not in the building due to the coronavirus, athletic events including track have come to a screeching halt.
Brundidge already had a good win under his belt, taking first in the 100-meter dash at 10.92 and helped the Viking boys sweep the relays in a FWB first place team victory at the Step One Automotive Group Crusader Invite in Pensacola in late February.
“We were on track to do so many great things, so it hurt to see it end so soon,” Brundidge said.
In addition to running track at Fort Walton Beach, Brundidge, a former Destin Marlin, played wide receiver and free safety for the Vikings. This past year he had 12 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns. His best game was against the South Walton Seahawks when he had two catches for a total of 94 yards and a score.
In early February, Brundidge signed to play football at Stetson University in DeLand.
Here’s a question and answer The Log did with Brundidge to give you a little insight into the athlete and what he’s been up too in recent weeks while social distancing.
What sports have you lettered in at Fort Walton Beach High?
I️ have lettered in football and track.
Which sport is your favorite and why?
Football, because it’s been with me my whole life. The rough physicality and hard work it takes is what I️ love.
Who are you social distancing with? Has this strengthened the family bond?
My family. Yes it definitely has.
What do you miss most about being at school?
I️ miss seeing my goofy friends everyday.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
If you could look into a crystal ball and could see the future, what do you see the track and field team accomplishing this season if they get to finish it?
I️ see us taking a huge amount of the team to state and everyone having a legitimate chance to medal. We’ve broken many school records this year, so I️ also see more falling.
Did you have any personal goals for track this season? If so what would they be?
I️ wanted to hit a 10.7 in the 100, break the 4x100 school record again (achieved), and get top 3 at state in the 4x100.
Out of all the postponements and cancellations, what sport do you miss the most and why?
Track. We were on track to do so many great things, so it hurt to see it end so soon.
What does a world without sports look like to you?
Very, very boring.
How are you staying active?
I’ve been doing some running and body weight workouts.
Have you seen any good movies? Or played any great video games?
Yes definitely. The lockdown has made me a little more of a gamer now than I’ve ever been.
What are your thoughts on missing prom or even maybe not being able to walk for graduation?
I️ am more sad about graduation than prom. Stinks that we’ve all been in school our whole lives and may not be able to celebrate that we made it.
What’s your favorite go-to snack?
A toasted PB&J
What kind of advice would you give your fellow teammates during this pandemic?
Stay active. As soon as sports start back up it’s go-time, so we’ve gotta stay ready.