On the day last year’s district track meet arrived, Harrison Huhn could barely jog.

He was in too much pain.

“I had stress fractures in both of my shins,” he recalled.

With that untimely affliction, a promising postseason came to a screeching halt for the Carl Junction pole vault standout who had reached the state meet’s awards podium one year earlier.

For Huhn, the reality of being unable to compete was just as agonizing as the leg injury itself. As his teammates made a run at the Class 4 team championship in Jefferson City last May, Huhn was hobbled and unable to contribute.

“To me, it was devastating,” he said.

But for Huhn, a disappointing end to his junior season has only provided extra motivation this spring.

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