‘Rested’ Long will compete at NCAAs
UT junior dealt with concussion, hole in lung and rib injury.
If it were possible, Kally Long may have gone straight from the hospital to the track.
Cooped up in a Seattle hospital for a week in February following a scary injury at the Husky Classic, the Texas junior texted associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey to proclaim she’d be pole vaulting again by the Big 12 meet.
That timeline was off, though. Long will instead return for this weekend’s NCAA indoor championships in College Station.
“As an athlete, you know your body really well. I feel great,” Long said. “Some of my teammates are like, ‘You’re rested,’ and I am rested. I had three weeks off. I am more than rested.”
On her opening bar at the Husky Classic on Feb. 10, Long fell to her right and missed the mat on her descent. She remembers only parts of it but remarked that it could have been “10 times worse.” She suffered a concussion and “popped” a hole in her lung.
Long was unable to fly home for a week. Additional X-rays and
Kally Long is returning for NCAA indoor championships in College Station.