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A recovered Kyes prepares for her final racing season at UMD

Updated: July 26, 2020 11:19 PM

"I just think about college sports, you only get so much time, so I wanted to make the most of it," said Elizabeth Kyes. 
UMD senior Elizabeth Kyes made the tough decision to step away from track and field this last spring. She decided to redshirt and return this coming school year for her fifth year on campus because of an injury.

Kyes planned to use the spring season to get healthy but the Coronavirus canceled athletics and impacted her recovery. 

"At first I was like, oh it's fine, and then I realized that I won't be able to get treatment for my injuries. It kept getting pushed back and pushed back, and it was the type of injury that needs treatment. So I was injured longer than I should have been so that was really hard," said Kyes. 

She was struggling with getting proper blood flow to her foot as a result of Raynaud's Syndrome. After seven months she received the right treatment to get back on track.

"I'm ready to rock and roll," laughed a now healthy Kyes.

The Bulldog hit the ground running, training for the upcoming cross country season. Kyes races the 6K in the fall and multiple spring events including the 1500 and steeplechase in track and field.

For the upcoming 2020-2021 seasons her goals are to set personal records and, if possible, take a shot at Nationals.

"I think I still more in the tank so I want to see what I can do this last seasons."

Having performed under the leadership of three different coaches, and once without any coaches, the captain said she's prepared for whatever this season will look like.

Some considerations are conference only meets due to the pandemic, but Kyes said, "I will take any race that they'll give us."

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