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Idaho State hurdler hobbles final 300 meters after rupturing Achilles (video)

Idaho State senior Shelby Erdahl had never scored a point for her team at the Big Sky Championships. This was her last chance, and she wasn’t about to let a ruptured left Achilles stop her.

Erdahl suffered the injury hitting the second hurdle in the 400m hurdles final at the conference meet in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday, according to the Idaho State athletics department.

A coach nearby was ready to help her, but Erdahl declined, saying she wanted to finish, according to an Idaho State sports information director.

“She hurt her foot then hopped on one foot for over 300 meters,” coach Hillary Merkley said, according to a press release. “She stepped over hurdles to score a point for finishing. The entire stadium was on their feet cheering for Idaho State. She said she had to finish.”

She did, in 2 minutes, 53.56 seconds, in eighth place out of eight runners, to score one point for Idaho State. The seventh-place finisher crossed in 1:04.07.

Idaho State finished 11th out of 12 schools in the final team standings, 90.5 points behind champion Northern Arizona.

Erdahl underwent surgery Wednesday, according to Idaho State.

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