Jordan Lawrence ran his first track practice of the year right before Camanche’s home track meet on April 29. Now, he’s headed to the state meet.
It’s an interesting story, really. Lawrence tore his ACL earlier this school year during football season. He was injured in the second to last game of the year.
“I didn’t know what was wrong honestly, it was a freak deal,” Lawrence recalled. “I thought it was a cramp is my calf. I was upset about it, obviously. We didn’t find out it was torn until the next week.”
Then there was surgery, followed by the recovery. The tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament can take anywhere from two to six months to recover and up to nine months to return to pre-injury state. That’s a nerve-wracking timeline for sophomore.
Not to mention that Lawrence is one of the talented young players on the Camanche varsity basketball team, who made a run to the Class 2A sub-state round this year.
Lawrence watched all of that from the pines his sophomore season, and had just one phrase for it: “It sucked.”
That made the first competition back a little special for him. Lawrence ran the open 100-meter dash at the Indian Relays just two weeks ago, celebrating not only his first competition but a third place finish.
“I had a lot of adrenaline,” Lawrence said. “I was excited and had a lot of built up adrenaline. My legs felt a little numb at first but once I got going I felt great.”
It’s also his first year in track and field as a high school athlete, having bypassed the sport as a freshman.
What’s ironic is his response that day. When asked about the goals for the remaining two weeks of the track season, Lawrence said there weren’t any. He was just focusing on getting his leg back to competing.
“Leg strength, single leg strength, trying to do the best I can,” Lawrence said. “I really don’t have any expectations for myself.”
He set expectations by qualifying for the state track and field meet less than two weeks later. Lawrence ran a 11.48 at the Class 2A district meet in Tipton on Friday to finish second and earn a state berth.
He also was the second leg on the 4x100, which has the sixth best time in Class 2A and will run the state prelims Friday afternoon.
Plus, he’s running the 100 leg of the Sprint Medley, ranked as the second best relay in their class.
That’s quite the accomplishment for not having any expectations.
“I try not to think about being scared of being injured,” Lawrence said. “I’m just trying to keep competing like I would normally.”
He’s definitely in a positive state of mind after the unfortunate injury that hindered his sophomore year, and he’s making quite the come back. Considering he still has two years to compete, he’ll be one to watch in every sport he participates in.
And for now, he can relish the state experience as a sophomore.
“You always want injuries to happen earlier if they have to happen,””I’m just glad I’m back doing something. I’m ecstatic to be doing a sport again.”