Abby Lloyd has overcome three injuries to her left leg and foot to reach her goal of running collegiately
When Abby Lloyd signed to run cross country and track for Culver-Stockton Monday, it wasn't just a dream realized but it was a verification her decision to return three times from injury wasn't in vain.
Lloyd has torn her left ACL, tore the spring ligament in her left foot and also had a follow-up surgery to smooth cartilage and clean scar tissue on her left knee.
Dixon cross country and track coach Jim Brown said had she chose to walk away after all the setbacks, he wouldn't have faulted her.
“She had every reason in the world to say, 'Well, running is just not for me,' but she's always come back strong and hard,” Brown said. “I've always been proud to have her as a part of my team.”
When she is healthy, Lloyd is one of the better runners in the Frisco League.
She was on the 4x800 meter team to win districts and conference for the Lady Bulldogs two years ago, placed among the top of the conference in the two-mile run and was a member of Dixon's conference championship cross country each of the last two years.
Even so, Lloyd was surprised she had an offer to continue her running career.
“It was really amazing to me that somebody would actually want me to run for them considering all my injuries,” Lloyd said. “But I think I came back stronger from each and every injury.”
Brown didn't think it as far fetched. It was a product of the person.
“I think it says a lot about the caliber of athlete she is and it says a lot about just the caliber of person she is too,” Brown said. “She does everything she can to be as good as she can and is willing to do what it takes.”
For example: Following her ACL surgery, she still traveled with the team. Then, she rehabbed and got back in time to finish out the cross country season.
“Even going through that and being on crutches she worked as a manager for us just to still be a part of the track team,” Brown said. “Then, the next fall, she got back into cross country the last three weeks of the season, was able to get eligible and was able to run the last few meets for us. In all honesty, she was one of the main reasons we won the first conference championship. Not because she placed real high but because she got out there and ran and finished.”
Lloyd isn't sure what she wants to major in at Culver-Stockton, but she said it will be something in the medical field because she “loves helping people and seeing people get better.”
Well, if anyone knows about getting back into the saddle following an injury, it's Lloyd.
With all the curveballs life has thrown her, how does she do it?
“Just my passion for running,” Lloyd said. “I love running and I don't want anything to hold me back. So, I just worked real hard to get back to where I was or stronger.”