Connor Callihan was mere feet from the finish line at the cross-country conference championships when he suddenly stumbled. Not knowing what had happened, fans started yelling for him to get up, to finish the race.
But standing was completely out of the question: Callihan's right leg had snapped, his tibia breaking in three places.
“His leg was in a way nature didn’t intend it to be,” his coach said in an interview with Greenville Online. “This went from an admirable effort to something totally different.”
He couldn't get up, but he could finish. Callihan, a junior at Roberson High in Asheville, N.C., crawled the last five feet. He crossed the line in searing pain.
“This was my last race of the year,” he said Tuesday. “I just had to finish for my team. I just had to.”
His story caught the eye of a fellow runner Manteo Mitchell, who was a standout at Western Carolina University and went on to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Mitchell knows the pain Callihan is suffering, as his fibulaRead More »from His leg broken in several places, H.S. runner crawls across finish line