WATCH: Idaho State Hurdler Ruptures Achilles Mid-Race, Still Finishes

True grit on display in the 400-hurdles.

Idaho State Hurdler Ruptures Achilles Mid-Race, Still Finishes

If a track runner gets injured in the midst of an event, he or she is not likely to finish the race. But that was not the case with Idaho State hurdler Shelby Erdahl.

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During the Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships last week, the senior hurdler was a finalist in the 400-meter hurdles, one of the toughest races in track. Athletes have to sprint 400 meters and leap over ten high hurdles.

The race became exponentially more difficult for Erdahl when she ruptured her left achilles tendon in the back stretch. Other than to show how tough she is, why would she risk more serious injury by continuing to run?

Erdahl had never scored a point for her team in an individual event, and it was her goal to do so. All she had to do was finish the race to score a point and achieve her goal. So she did.

Erdahl told CBS, "It was a longtime goal of mine to score for my team in the 400 hurdles. And since I had made the finals, all I needed to do was finish." She finished with the time of two minutes and 53 seconds. Watch the amazing video.


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