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Macy Heinz - Breaks Foot
courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Macy Heinz - Breaks Foot
Star runner from Ipswich suffers broken foot - season over
Dave Vilhauer/Hub City Radio - April 3, 2017

IPSWICH, S.D. – The high school running career of Macy Heinz is officially over. The senior standout from Ipswich has suffered a broken foot and will miss her entire track and field season.

“It was definitely devastating,” Heinz said when she found out the news. “We’ve shed our tears and we’re still shocked about it. It’s still kind of just sinking in. It’s tough to swallow that it’s over.”

Heinz is unsure when she broke her right foot, but actually ran on it last Tuesday at an indoor meet at the Barnett Center, winning the 400-meter dash and running on the winning 1,600-meter relay squad.

However, she experienced some discomfort and when she sought medical advice, the broken bone was discovered. As a result, Heinz will be unable to add more accolades to her unprecedented resume.

The University of South Dakota recruit finishes her prep career as the most decorated track and field athlete in state history. Heinz won 19 out of a possible 20 state championships during her five years as a varsity runner. As a seventh-grader Heinz won the 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, and ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay squad, and was second in the 400-meter dash. As an eighth-grader, she won the 400, 800 and 1,600, and ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay squad. As a freshman, Heinz won state titles in the 100-meter dash, the 400, 800 and 1,600. As a sophomore, Heinz added state championships in the 200-meter dash, 400, 800 and 1,600.

Last spring, Heinz won 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter run to become the only athlete in state history to win a state championship at every single running distance: the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run.

Heinz also won the 2014 State B Cross Country Championship, just five months after winning the State B 100-meter dash title.

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