Senior distance runner Lauren Perkowski announced she would be taking a leave of absence from the track and field team after her second consecutive Little East Conference Individual Championship during the cross country season. This decision came after Perkowski battled injuries through the end of her 2019 cross country season. 

“I had a double stress fracture in both of my tibias,” Perkowski explained. “I found out a little before our conference race in early November.”

Perkowski still ran in the conference meet, saying she knew it would be her last race for an unknown amount of time. 

“I thought I would be able to heal in six weeks, [but] it’s been almost 90 days and I don’t know when I am going to run again,” said Perkowski.

Coach Mills gave an email statement regarding Perkowski’s injuries.

“Lauren is a phenomenal athlete so it is unfortunate that she is going through this right now and at the end of her senior year. However, we do have a plan and are not ruling out the possibility of getting her back for the outdoor season. The priority right now is that we address her injury and give her the rest she needs to enjoy a lifetime of running and competing if she wishes post-college.”

The two-time Little East champion is not giving up hope either.

“As sad as I am [because] I am a senior, it’s good knowing I can do a lot post-collegiately,” said Perkowski, who still hopes to be able to return to running before her senior year ends. 

Claire Boughton 

can be contacted

at cboughton@kscequinox com

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