Injured Wiseman still able to medal

By Rich Fisher, Sports Editor
   SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Megan Wiseman had her orders.
   Following them, however, was a different story.
   The Princeton senior was not about to let her final high school track & field campaign go out the window with a whimper and a limp.
   So, still fighting tendinitis in her leg, Wiseman threw caution to the wind and decided to compete in the NJSIAA state meets this year.
   The result was a return trip to Thursday’s Meet of Champions (postponed from Wednesday) after her leap of 17-feet gave Wiseman a third place at Saturday’s Group III Championship at Frank Jost Field.
   It was a far cry from the Delaware-bound athlete’s personal best of 18-3½, but considering her health situation, it was one heck of an effort. She faulted on her first jump, moved her mark back and jumped 17 on the next two, but couldn’t regain that length in the finals.
   Either way, she headed back to the biggest event in New Jersey high school track, which seemed like a long shot a month ago.
   ”I’m happy,” said Wiseman, who finished sixth in last year’s MOC. “I’ve been hurt for a while now. I took two weeks off so I lost a lot of my muscle mass and I wasn’t in as good a shape as I was at the beginning of the season. And I worked up to (getting in shape), so it was kind of discouraging. But to make it to the Meet of Champs (while) hurt is pretty great, considering I didn’t even know if I could get there.
   ”I have like a jumper’s knee from over-use of the knee and joints. I was supposed to rest for two weeks and go to physical therapy and rest even more, because with tendinitis all you can do is rest. But I just decided to jump again.”
   Risky? Maybe.
   Profitable? Yup.
   Her first competition since the injury came at last weekend’s Central Jersey Group III event, where she finished fourth with a leap of 17-1¼. And while Wiseman was happy to advance into the Groups meet, she figured her PHS career wasn’t going much further than that.
   ”I didn’t think I would make it to Meet of Champs; I thought coming into today it would be my last meet, so I’m pretty happy,” Wiseman said. “At the beginning of the year I was looking to win Meet of Champs, so being third in Groups is a little discouraging when it comes to that. But I feel like I can still improve myself at Meet of Champs.”
   Considering what she’s gone through in the last two weeks, just being at the MOC is something to smile about.
   And if she did manage to improve while there, there’s no law against smiling a little wider.
   John McCormack was the only other Princeton High athlete to advance after taking sixth in the javelin with a throw of 171-6. The senior had won the Central Jersey meet in 182-4.