Kinga Mozes says the pain has become too much.
With that, the Century star senior sprinter has made the decision not to compete in Friday and Saturday’s state track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
“The doctor made it clear that I am the one who needs to decide if this (competing) is too much,” Mozes said. “I’m listening to my body. Honestly, halfway through the season I felt some not okay pain and pushed through it. It maybe wasn’t great to have pushed through this as long as I did. But I love track so much and it’s been hard to let it go.”
It would have been Mozes’ fourth consecutive state meet. That’s been despite dealing with a back injury that first surfaced in 2014. She cracked her vertebrae then, which likely never healed properly.
Mozes finished fifth at state in the 100 last year and seventh in the 200, but was in tears afterward both from the pain in her back and that it kept her from a top performance.
Last week, Mozes qualified for state again, making it in the 100 and the 200, including running a personal-best 12.18 in the 100.