LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – A group of high school athletes up against seemingly insurmountable odds took to the track Saturday.
Athletes from Marshall County, including two brothers who were injured in the school shooting back in January, were in Lexington competing in the state track and field championships at UK.
If you saw those runners on the track, you’d have no idea the horrors they’ve been through.
“Those boys are amazing. They just got back in it, and we’re just thankful that they were able to compete,” Ellen Pahl, Marshall County parent.
Mason and Christian Cosner are the brothers who were injured in the deadly school shooting.
They competed in the 4×800 relay, surrounded by teammates, parents and coaches cheering them on.
“The team is a whole lot closer. They’ve all worked really hard this year, and had a very successful year,” said Pahl.
In the face of the unthinkable adversity of witnessing a mass shooting, several marshals from both the boys are girls teams made it to state.
Now working to heal from the tragedy, Marshall County parents say seeing more violence at high schools across the nation hits close to home.
“It’s a gut wrenching feeling. Prayers for those families and all of those kids, because it’s a long road for recovery,” said Pahl.
Now on that long road the teens are moving forward, grateful they’re able to compete in a sport that they love.
“They’re all just really excited to be here, and getting to do what they do. They’re all one big family and they all stick together and support each other,” said Pahl.
The 4×800 relay team did not place.