EUGENE, Ore. — Injuries are no fun, but for high hurdler Kevin Craddock, at least they're not new territory.
Plagued by hamstring issues since his senior year at James Logan High School, Craddock underwent surgery on his left ankle last September to remove a cyst. He toyed with redshirting during his junior season at UCLA, then recovered sufficiently to compete.
But a week before the NCAA meet last month, Craddock's body betrayed him a new fashion: He pulled a groin muscle.
"It's always frustrating at first, but I've learned to get over it quickly," said Craddock, who expects to run in the quarterfinals on Saturday at the U.S. Olympic trials. "Hopefully, I'll be close to 100 percent — that's the goal. I've made a big improvement. But I'm being cautious, so I can flash it later on."
Craddock, 21, was one of the world's elite junior hurdlers during his days at Logan. He tried to compete at the NCAAs but was out after the first round.
For three weeks since, he has gotten treatment and rest, while gradually getting back on the track. The owner of a personal-best time of 13.46 seconds, Craddock wouldn't be a realistic threat to make the Olympic team even if he were fully healthy.
For now, that's not the point.
"Just being able to be at the Olympic trials, to have that experience, is good," he said. "Regardless of how it goes, if I'm able to run my race and get through it OK, I'll be happy."
With the trials ready to resume today, a look back at the best of the first four days of competition:
— Jeff Faraudo