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GV’s Totten forced to pull up

Grizzly runner’s foot injury stops him short at X-country championship

Posted: December 6, 2008 10:15 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2008 4:54 a.m.
Golden Valley cross country runner Seth Totten fought a losing battle Saturday morning in Walnut at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

The junior fought the pain of a dislocated metatarsal in his right foot, but was unable to finish the five-kilometer Boys Seeded Race at Mt. San Antonio College.

After a mile, Totten pulled out of the race.

"My foot was just not going to go," Totten said. "It was one of the hardest things I've done to not finish."

Totten said he felt a pop in his foot on Nov. 29 in Fresno during the CIF State Division III Cross Country Championship.

He finished fifth in the race, despite suffering the injury during a slip at the starting line.

Based off the finish, Totten was invited to compete at the Foot Locker Championships, but he didn't run until Friday due to swelling and pain.

He started the race well but had to hurdle a fallen runner early on, which brought the pain back.

"I was going up a hill and the pain was horrible," he said. "I went down the hill and (the foot) popped. That's when I knew I had to stop."

Totten's estimated time was just over five minutes after the first mile.

The 17-year-old didn't want to risk further injury as he runs on Golden Valley's track and field team.

He said he will use the experience as motivation for next year.

Senior Christopher Schwartz of Bakersfield won the race at 15 minutes, 38 seconds.


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