Texas pole vaulter Kally Long during practice on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Chest injury to sideline Texas pole vaulter Kally Long indefinitely

Posted February 13th, 2017

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Texas announced on Monday that junior pole vaulter Kally Long will be sidelined indefinitely with a chest injury. Long was injured when she fell during a vault at this past weekend’s Husky Classic in Seattle.

“My heart goes out to Kally and her family and I am praying for her speedy and full recovery,” Texas coach Mario Sategna said in a press release. “She has been on the minds of our entire coaching staff. We’re all thankful to our athletic trainer Kelvin Flores for his help in treating Kally and for the care shown by the medical staff at Washington during the meet.

“We look forward to having Kally back soon and wish her the best.”

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Long’s injury could prevent Texas from obtaining points it was expecting at the Big 12 indoor meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 24-25. With the mark of 4.42 meters that she cleared at both the New Mexico Classic and Texas A&M Invitational, Long is ranked third in the country in the pole vault. Nobody in the Big 12 has bested that height this winter.

A native of Wimberley, Long won a state championship in the pole vault during her senior season.

“The amount of support I have received from my team, coaches and everybody associated with UT has been unbelievable,” Long said in the statement released by Texas. “Prayers from family and friends have been greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to be back at the greatest university in the world. I have learned that I truly bleed burnt orange.”

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