Jordan’s health redux

Michael Jordan, USI’s all-American runner, suffered yet another health scare recently. To go with the back spasms that contributed to his poor finish in last fall’s national cross country championship and the appendicitis and subsequent appendectomy he endured a year ago while flying home from the Mt. SAC Relays in California, he bruised his left kidney in the GLVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 3. He was going over a hurdle in the 3,000-meter steeplechase — his strongest event and the one he could win a national championship in on Friday night at the D-II Championships — when he was accidentally kneed in the back by another runner. He ran in the 1,500 meters the next day but didn’t feel well. Then he began urinating blood. Fortunately, coach Mike Hillyard got him to a hospital, where doctors discovered some internal bleeding and diagnosed a bruised kidney. Forty-eight hours later, Jordan was fine. He insists he’s still OK.

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