Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Marshall Dillon Doesn't Dodge Injury

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Marshall Dillon Doesn't Dodge Injury

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PUNTA GORDA -- Marshall Dillon could not sugarcoat it.

In his second race and first individual effort of the day, the Charlotte High senior said he tore a tendon in his right foot during the latter part of the 1,600-meter run at the Class 3A-Region 3 meet at the Wally Keller Sports Complex, his home track.

"It just tightened. It hurts to push off now," Dillon said. "I knew when it happened because I felt the pain every time I pushed off. I could hear and feel a clicking in my heel. I knew something was wrong."

Amazingly, Dillon finished the race. Seeded first, he took third in 4 minutes, 30.79 seconds.

"I didn't want to walk off, but I didn't want to bust it and try to win either," he said. "I was gaining ground on the kid with 300 meters to go, but it was starting to flame up because it was hurting real bad. I just said screw it and let go and hope it would heal by the time I get to states."

Even as he sat on the back of a golf cart with ice on his right foot, Dillon spoke of running again Thursday night in the 3,200.

"It sucks," he said. "It's my senior year of high school and the last time I'm going to run on this track, and this is what I have to show for it. We'll see what happens in the 3,200, if I run it."

Even more amazing, Dillon's right foot felt well enough to run the grueling race.

Not only did he run, he finished second in 9:54.61, passing two runners in the final 500 meters. He also ran earlier in the Tarpons' 4x800 relay team that finished second in 8:04.

Dillon will attempt to compete in three events next weekend at the FHSAA Track and Field Championships at IMG Academy.

Venice's duo of Tanner Gauthier (5-feet, 2-inches in the girls) and Kyle Marois (6-6 in the boys) swept the high jump events. Palmetto sprinter Azavion Smith was the only other area athlete to qualify in two individual events, finishing second in the 200 in 22. …

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