A nagging health problem persisted once again for McKenzie Paul. The injury arose for the second time in nearly six months.
Paul encountered the pain from a tendon in her right foot last fall while competing for the Burbank High girls' cross-country team. It resurfaced just before the start of the track and field season, leaving Paul — who was born with flat feet — to ponder her options.
"The injury to my tendon just kept bothering me and I figured what's the point in running? " said Paul, a senior. "I looked at all of the different things and decided to take two to three weeks off before the start of track and field.
"I came in wanting to have a good season and set some records. I struggled at the beginning of the season, and then I started getting healthy toward the middle of the season."
Because of her injury, Paul didn't win many races during Burbank's first several dual meets.