Runner hurt in mishap with wheelchair sidelined

Track And Field

May 15, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The Bishop McNamara runner who collided with Atholton wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden in a race earlier this month will miss her conference championship meet because of injuries suffered in the incident.

Bishop McNamara track and field coach Keith Chapman confirmed last night that Monica Mason will not compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title meet at Good Counsel tomorrow and Saturday. She sustained left leg and knee injuries after colliding with McFadden at the end of a heat in the 200-meter race at the Howard County Track Classic May 3.

McFadden ran into Mason moments after the race ended. Mason had turned to her left to go to the infield from her spot in Lane 2, but McFadden had just finished in Lane 1 and hit her.

Mason was sidelined all of last week and tried to practice Monday and yesterday but couldn't do much.

"It's not her fault, but it's just the situation and circumstances are unfortunate on my behalf," Mason said. "This [WCAC meet] is what I've been training for all year. I came away with all the scars."

Mason was scheduled to run in the 200 and 400 meters and take part in two relays. She also was trying to win the 400 for a third consecutive year.

Chapman said Mason will go to another doctor to get a better look at the injuries. One doctor said there appears to be ligament damage to her knee, but the full extent hasn't been discovered. They also remain unsure when Mason can return to the track.

"It was a tough decision, but I had to do the right thing," Chapman said. "She'll still have one more year left, and I don't want to jeopardize her career."

Deborah McFadden, Tatyana's mother, said she and her daughter felt bad that Mason is going to miss the WCAC meet.

"It's just unfortunate that this happened," McFadden said. "But it could've happened with a runner in Lane 1 using their legs. Playing sports, the kids are always at risk."

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