MIDLAND Finishing a season healthy hasn’t been in the cards for Permian High School’s Lyndi Hanson the last two years. Hanson’s junior track and field season even got a late, though successful, start in the Tall City Invitational because she has been battling a hip injury.
Her first outing was a comfortable victory Friday in the Division I girls 3,200 meters at Memorial Stadium’s Hightower Track and Field Complex.
Hanson had little trouble winning in a time of 12 minutes, 3.85 seconds, outdistancing Odessa High’s Emily Ann Pack (12:36.08) for the victory.
“I’m really trying to make sure I’m easing back into it,” Hanson said. “I’m making sure I get my workouts in but I’m making sure I’m in tune with my body. I don’t want anything to go haywire.”
Hanson injured her hip around Christmas, saying she tore ligaments in her hip flexor. That came shortly after a freak back injury on the day of the District 2-5A Cross Country Championships in October, knocking her completely out of the race. Hanson had been one of the pre-meet favorites, and Permian’s team hopes also were hampered.
As a sophomore, Hanson suffered a stress fracture during the cross country season. After a strong start to the track and field campaign, Hanson’s body ran out of steam during the championship portion of the season.
“You always want a kid that’s going to do extra work, and she’s so motivated and so excited and want-to-be-good,” Permian girls coach Carl Chancellor said. “I want to put the reins on her but I don’t want to pull too hard. I want her to feel like she’s in control of her own destiny and that she’s doing enough that she feels confident. She’s got a desire to be great and a work ethic to be great.”
Hanson’s love of running and training, ironically, hasn’t necessarily been the best thing for her ability to compete.
She said work with physical therapists helped get her ready to compete this weekend — Permian ran the last two weekends in Lubbock and Wolfforth — and that she is finding ways to do more with less.
That includes cross-training such as work in the pool and with an elliptical trainer.
“I had a great race (Friday) and couldn’t ask for better,” Hanson said. “I’m very stubborn at times with my workouts. I have to stay in tune and listen to what the impact and pounding is on my body. I can still get workouts in and train while making sure my body’s healthy and well.”