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Running for Mom, for Country
Saturday, February 27, 2010
For some athletes, having their parents in the stands watching them compete can lead to extra pressure and thus, less than desired results. In some instances, however, the given athlete can perform to heighten successes.
At the 2010 Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships, ETSU's Duronal Monal, gave his mom, Jyolette, a memory to take back with her to
Not since his high school days at
"It's been very tough for me to practice and continue to go to meets knowing she was in
For 10 days, Monal tried without success to reach his mother. She suffered multiple injuries resulting from the quake. It would be another three days before she left
"She was injured very badly, but someway, somehow through God's grace, she made it back here," Monal said. "She had some scratches and bruises and a wound behind her head which was bleeding very badly. They had to get her to the emergency room, but they couldn't get her there in time. She was probably suffering infection from the wound. As soon as she got to the
At his final Indoor Championships, Monal entered in a pair of individual events, the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. In both events he established Championship records, and did so with NCAA provisional qualifying times.
"She's always busy in
Through Duronal, Jyolette said "Even if it was 3,000 miles, I said I would make sure I came to support my baby. That trip from Haiti was terrible, but I would find it in my power to make it here."
At the podium to receive his medals, Monal displayed a miniature Haitian flag, given to him by his mom after the quake hit. He has carried the flag with him throughout the weekend and for the first time, as suggested by his mom, he raced with the flag tucked inside his tights.
"I'm coming out here and I'm running for my country, I'm running for them. This is my country and I love this country. I'm going to support them 100 percent and I'm going to keep holding this flag until the meet is complete," Monal said.
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