NORTHFIELD, Minn. - There's a mantra many runners live by.
Chris Huss said, "If you work hard, anything is possible, you can achieve anything."
Maybe it's Huss who embodies it most.
Participating in the Minnesota State Cross Country Running Meet at Saint Olaf College on Saturday, he said, "It's unexplainable to be here after all my hard work and everything I've gone through."
You see, this 18-year-old is running in the state cross country meet 15 years after surviving a terrible car accident that killed his 34-year-old mother Susan and injured him bad enough to have doctors put him in a coma for a month. It all happened when he was just two.
His dad, Robert, said, "[I] Never thought he was going to run, walk hardly at all, because he broke his leg so bad, traumatic brain injury and he's worked so hard to get where he's at right now."
Now Chris Huss is the top cross country runner for Jordan High school. He even broke a school record this year.
He said, "I was the slowest guy on the team five years ago. Now I'm the fastest guy on the team."
Jordan High School cross country coach, Ben Nylander, said, "It's just amazing how he's overcome all the obstacles he's had before him and succeeded so well."
Chris did indeed achieve his goal of going to state.
His dad said, "The kid's incredible. There are no, no words to explain how hard he's worked to get where he's at. Just an incredible kid."
So with friends and family watching, including his step-mom, two brothers and dad who said, "I'm a proud dad," Chris took off for his final high school 5000 meter run, at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
He was running with the best because he was one of them.
Lost in the crowd for a while, Chris didn't come in first after he crossed the finish line he believes he finished in the top half which he was happy about. And that's so much farther ahead than anyone, 15 years ago, ever expected.
While he was only two-years-old when his mom died, he said he runs the best he can because, "I represent her and then God himself." He thinks she would be very proud.
To others, he said, "Never give up just keep going on. You can't live in the past you've got to work for the future."
Chris Huss says he's looking forward to running track in the spring. And while he's still deciding where he will go to college, he does plan to go this fall and join another cross country team.
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