ZEELAND — Evan Eding’s senior year was building.


It started with a stellar football season for Zeeland West, before moving to a much-improved basketball season.


But the biggest season for the Dux and for Eding was supposed to the be the spring.


Zeeland West was the defending Division 2 state champion in track and field and looking to replicate the stellar season.


But the coronavirus pandemic canceled the remainder of the school year and the spring sports seasons, leaving an empty finish for seniors like Eding.


"It was just really disappointing to see it end that way. We knew we had a great shot to do a lot of things," Eding said.


But instead of dwelling on the negative, Eding and his senior teammates are trying to use the time for reflection on how great last year’s track team was, now that it has become the track finale for the class.


"It feels a lot greater because technically I will end my track career as a state champ. I will always be grateful for all of those memories. Everyone just really enjoyed each other. We always had fun but always knew when it was time to work and get better," Eding said. "It was the best feeling in the world to hold that trophy. It will be my best memory from high school."


Eding ran the 100, 200 and 400 meters, competed in the long jump, as well as being one of the key relay runners for the Dux.


"It was a lot of fun to do so many events. I knew my teammates were good and that I was pretty good. Going out and basically winning every relay is a lot of fun," he said.


It was a role that Eding rose to as a junior.


"Evan joined our team (last) season and made an immediate impact as a sprinter and jumper. He was an excellent compliment to Ethan and Ben Brooks in our sprint relays," Zeeland West coach Phil Hoover said.


He qualified for the state meet in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 6 inches, and was on the 4x100 and 4x200 state championship relays.


Despite not having a final track season, Eding had some pretty good memories as a senior playing on a playoff football team and a basketball team that was much improved and was in the conference title race.


"My biggest memory in football was when we went to East Grand Rapids and took them down and I had a 35-yard TD run," he said. "For basketball it was definitely beating Holland Christian at the Civic on a buzzer-beater."


Not many athletes can put together those kinds of memories from so many sports.


"I was more thankful for my teammates. I knew it was our last ride together in each sport," said Eding, who is planning to attend Kettering University and study mechanical engineering. "It hasn’t really hit me yet. I just always wanted to go out and play my hardest. I didn’t really think about how good my team was. I just wanted to go out and continue the legacy for the next group of kids that come in."


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