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NH runners compete in huge field

Lead Summary

    Some people will endure a lot of pain to be in a sport they love.    Take Jake Usher, for example. The New Hampton senior has Patella Retraction Syndrome, which makes a race — which is usually painful to begin with — even more painful.    "On a scale of 1 to 10, when I'm running, the pain is probably about a 7," said Usher. "The first mile of a race feels fine, but after that it starts to hurt."    The injury put Usher out of commission recently, but he did run when the Chickasaws competed at West Delaware Tuesday.    The varsity boys finished 11th of 20 schools at that meet and the varsity girls were 13th of 17 schools.    “Considering what he's up against, Jake performed well,” said coach Jamie Quass. “I'll be honest, I was reluctant to have him run tonight, but I gave him the choice of West Delaware or home. He chose West Delaware so he has time to recover for the NEIC Meet on October 11.”    For all the New Hampton results, please turn to the Oct. 7 Tribune.

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