McDonogh's Thomas has fractured tibia

Boys track and field

High Schools

March 12, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

McDonogh junior Tristram Thomas, The Sun's All-Metro Runner of the Year in cross country last fall and an All-Baltimore City/County selection in indoor track and field this past winter, suffered a stress fracture of the right tibia and will not compete in the Eagles' outdoor track season this spring.

McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn confirmed yesterday that a bone scan revealed the severity of the injury. Sanborn said doctors have told Thomas that, although he won't need to undergo surgery, he must keep weight off his right leg and use crutches for at least six weeks.

Thomas, the reigning 1,600- and 3,200-meter champion in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, was a key cog in helping the Eagles capture their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship last spring.

"It puts a lot of pressure on the other kids," Sanborn said. "But we still have a good returning nucleus of kids."

Andy Gill, McDonogh's cross country coach, said Thomas noticed pain in his right shin a few weeks ago. Gill said the pain worsened last Friday, when Thomas, performing in a school rendition of West Side Story, jumped into the air and landed on the leg.

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