When she crumpled to the track and the shocking realization came – my foot won’t work – Shelby Erdahl had an instant to decide what to do.
The decision was excruciating but also easy. It was hard-wired into her mind through a life of making the same choice every time an obstacle presented itself.
She would do her best. She would not quit. She would finish what she started. She would, somehow, complete the race.
The Idaho State senior had ruptured her Achilles tendon just two hurdles into the 400-meter hurdle event on a windy, chilly day at the Big Sky Conference championships May 14 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. The culmination of her track career, the last race of her life, literally came to a crashing pause.
But not a halt.
Erdahl got up and kept going.
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