Athlete spotlight: Julie Macedo

Julie Macedo of Charter School of Wilmington (Wilmington, Del.) has already set two course records this season in cross country.

And that's not the impressive part.

The senior is putting up the attention-grabbing performances just months after suffering a broken leg that derailed her promising spring track season.

“It’s still kind of a mystery (how it happened),” she said. “I limped off the track. It hurt really bad. I had to stop.”

An MRI and X-ray at the doctor's office revealed a complete break of the fibula. She didn't require surgery, but wore a walking boot for six weeks.

Remarkably, Macedo found a silver lining.

“Injuries can be blessings in disguise,” Macedo said. “They teach you how to take care of yourself better. You have to use it as a learning experience.”

Read the complete story from DyeStat senior editor Doug Binder here.