FOREST CITY — Maggie Mathiasen sat wrapped up in a blanket with crutches beside her on April 26 at the Waldorf University track. She cheered and watched her teammates warm up, then compete in the Indian Girls Relay Track Meet.
The Indians girls finished their meet, which was also seniors day, with 46 team points. It wasn’t one of their better days.
Freshman Kelsey Koch, though, had one of her best days, winning the long jump and finishing sixth in the 100 meter hurdles.
And Thone Golweiler finished second in the high jump.
The Indians 4x200 meter relay was second while the 4x100 meter and 4x800 meter relays were third and the 4x400 meter relay was fourth.
It was one day earlier that Indians head coach Scott Jackson got the news that impacted his team as much as anything all year.
Mathiasen, a senior and three-year state qualifier, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her femur.
“It’s tough when you lose a girl that has run the fastest 800 meters in the school in the last decade,” Jackson said. “She has gone to state three years and is just one of our team’s real leaders. We will have to have some of our underclassmen step up for us.”
Jackson noted that Mathiasen’s talents run deep and that in time the injury will have little impact. But on this day when she was supposed to be running her final home track meet it was hard to swallow.
“This is not at all how I wanted this season to end,” said Mathiasen. “I thought about running, but the doctor said that there is a chance of completely tearing my femur. And in the big picture it just wasn’t worth it.”
Mathiasen said she is not certain how the injury occurred.
“About a month ago, I had a baseball-sized lump in the quad. I didn’t tell anyone. I just thought I could rub it out. And even though it hurt, I was able to rub it out.”
The pain continued to return, but Mathiasen said she could deal with it. Until last week, after a meet in Garner, she submitted to the pain and went to the trainer.
She said doctors aren’t certain if the lump was related to the fracture, but at this point it doesn’t matter.
“I really wanted to get back to state and help my relay teams advance,” she said. “But I’m not going to be part of that.”