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Sydney Woods to miss senior track & field season with ankle injury

NorthJersey.com reports senior pole vaulter Sydney Woods of NV/Demarest high school underwent surgery performed by Mark C. Drakos, MD, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS to repair an ankle injury she encountered while trying to set the state record of 13-5½ at the Bergen County championships.

The injury prematurely ended her high school vaulting career. "I'm still in shock,'' said Woods. "I wasn't jumping great all day and then they realized the standards weren't set right at 13-5½ and gave me another chance.'' On her first try after the standards were fixed, Woods got over the bar but came down on it and hit it with her shins. Attempting to avoid landing in the box, she came down on her left ankle.

Woods had to have cells injected into the ankle to promote healing. She is non-weight bearing until mid-April when she can start full physical therapy. Her prognosis for a full recovery is excellent, and she is back at school tutoring the freshmen girls in the art of vaulting. Woods will vault in the fall at the University of Pennsylvania.

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