By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
COVINGTON — Hard to say which was more painful for Lane White — the strain in his hamstring or the strain on his heart.
Last year during spring track season, the Covington High School senior suffered a strained hamstring, costing him nearly all of the final portion his season. He was unable to compete as an individual in the district or regional track and field meets, finally returning at the end of the season to compete with the Buccaneers’ 4x400 team at state.
While he faced a long and painful rehab process, the hardest part for the Piqua Daily Call Athlete of the Week may have been sitting out and watching his teammates compete.
“It was definitely tough at first,” said White, who has signed to run at Hillsboro College in Michigan next year. It took awhile to come back. There was a whole month of doing nothing before I was able to slowly come back. It was hard. I usually like doing things, but I knew what I had to do. I knew I had to rest. If I had tried to jump right back in, I could have re-injured it. I was lucky it was only a strain — I could have pulled it or torn it.”
Despite competing in a relay at the state meet, White said he didn’t feel as though he was completely healthy until this past fall — after a long summer of rehab and strengthening the muscle — when he ran for Covington’s cross country team.
“I felt like I was back back during cross country season,” he said. “It was a good feeling. It gave me a lot of confidence.”
White was able to confirm he was back at 100 percent two weeks ago when he captured a state championship in the 400-meter run at the state indoor track and field championships in Akron.
“It was definitely a confidence booster,” White said. “It was good to be able to get out and move my legs and compete a little bit.”
As nice as that was, however, White has loftier goals for himself — namely, competing and placing as an individual at the outdoor state track and field meet this spring.
“I’d like to run a 47 (seconds) in the 400 and I would like to win an at the outdoor meet,” he said. “I just want to be able to compete there and help my team in whatever way I can.”
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