Marshfield junior standout Keiron Howlett suffered a quadricep injury Friday, forcing him to drop out of two events Friday, and leaving his ability to compete in today’s Division 1 boys triple jump in serious doubt.
Howlett apparently suffered the injury during the preliminaries for the 400 relay, according to Marshfield boys track coach Denny Goettl. The Tigers finished 14th and did not qualifiy for the finals, and after the race, the Marshfield junior went back to the long jump pit as he qualified for the finals. Howlett attempted to run, but pulled up and ultimatedly dropped out of the event, and the 200 prelims that he was scheduled to compete in as well.
Howlett was seeded third in the long jump, and was scheduled to run in the first heat in the 200 prelims. He is seeded seventh in the triple jump.
“It’s disappointing, but injuries happen,” Goettl said. “We weren’t able to be out (on the track) making sure he was stretching out and staying warm all the time. We weren’t able to stay on top of him and make him keep doing it. You can’t control injuries, but you hate that it happens at this point of your track season. He tried to run down the long jump, and he just couldn’t (do it). He figures its something with the quad, and there’s no (medical) timeout to check it. You’re done (in the event).
“He’s obviously feeling pretty bad about it,” Goettl added. “You’ve been training all year for your big day, and tommorrow is the triple jump. If we can somehow miraculously get him better tonight, but it’s a muscle pull. That’s pretty hard.”