St. Joseph track star wins state title on a hurt ankle

WACO, Texas — Over the Mother’s Day weekend at Midway ISD stadium in Waco, a Saint Joseph Flyer, showed off his speed and brought home a gold medal in the TAPPS state meet for class 5A.

Nicholas Rodriguez had been battling ankle issues most of the season and the final race would be no exception. With about 140 meters left in the race, Rodriguez felt a pop in his ankle, the same ankle that had put him out of commission a few months ago. The former state silver medalist had been rehabbing his ankle with cross-training and strength workouts. Quitting never crossed Rodriguez’s mind, but he did wonder how bad he re-injured his ankle since he has aspirations to run in college.

I was wondering how severe it was compared to last time, said Rodriguez. That anxiety and stress I was feeling, that recovery process was coming back a bit, but I think that adrenaline really helped push that pain down.

Rodriguez would finish with a time of 1:55:9. Which is a little over a second than his personal record of 1:54:7. Last year Rodriguez finished in second in state this year he brings home the gold. Rodriguez received a track scholarship to run at the University of North Texas. Rodriguez says he will miss his talks with his twin sister, but is happy to start being more independent.