MARQUETTE - There are many talented high school track and field athletes in the area, but one Marquette Senior High School freshman has overcome an injury in just over a year to come back and break records.
Last year while playing soccer Lindsey Rudden broke her back when she landed wrong after doing a bicycle kick.
"I was in a brace for five months and I couldn't do any sports," Rudden said. "It was hard not to run."
Marquette Senior High School freshman Lindsey Rudden, center, works her way to the front of the pack during the 1,600-meter run May 11 at the 31st annual Negaunee Lions Meet in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Rudden broke the school record for the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 20 seconds during the Gladstone quadrangular April 20. The previous record was set in 1999 with a time of 2:21. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
But after working really hard all summer and going into cross country, Rudden began working toward her record breaking season in track. Rudden is a long distance runner and participates in the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and relays.
Rudden set her first record at the Manistique Kiwanis Invitational for the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 19.35 seconds, breaking the meet record on April 26. On April 30, Rudden broke the MSHS school record in the 800-meter run clocking a time of 2:20 at the Gladstone quadrangular. She broke this record again on May 13 with a time of 2:17 at the Marquette County Track and Field Meet at MSHS. The previous school record was 2:21 set in 1999.
"I feels great to be breaking these records. It was my goal coming into this season to break the 800-meter record," Rudden said. "I'm very glad I accomplished it so early in the season because I thought it was going to happen more towards finals week. I worked really hard towards it."
Rudden started running track in fifth grade because she said she didn't have a sport this time of the sports season, and her mom convinced her to give it a try.
"My mom ran marathons and I liked watching her run, so I decided to try track out and I liked it too," Rudden said.
Long distance running is relaxing to Rudden, she said. Before a race, Rudden said she keeps to herself and listens to music to tune out from the rest of the world around her.
"Before a race I don't really talk to people, I just kind of stay within myself. I try and stay focused on my race I guess," Rudden said. "You have to be really positive in your head, so I try and do that."
Other than being great at running, Rudden also excels in academics and has a 4.0 GPA, she said, which will help with her dream of going to either Michigan State University or the University of Michigan, where she would like to run track and cross country at the collegiate level.
"A couple of my family members went to MSU and Michigan is a really good school with a really good program," Rudden said. "I want to be a sports medicine doctor. I broke my back in eighth grade, so I had to go through physical therapy and that sort of stuff, and I found it interesting."
Rudden also plays basketball for MSHS, but only plans on continuing her running career in college.
"You just forget about everything else while you're running," Rudden said. "It's really relaxing."
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