‘Rested’ Long will com­pete at NCAAs

UT ju­nior dealt with con­cus­sion, hole in lung and rib in­jury.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com Long

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.

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