Toe Injury Sidelines Dathan Ritzenhein

Dathan Ritzenhein continues to struggle with injury. Photo:

He will miss this weekend’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

Dathan Ritzenhein is no stranger to injury. The former American-record holder in the 5,000 meters has had to deal with various ailments throughout his career.

This week, Ritzenhein’s coach, Alberto Salazar, announced that his athlete missed last weekend’s Mt. SAC Relays due to a toe injury. Ritzenhein, who was a standout runner at the University of Colorado, will also miss this weekend’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

“We don’t know if it was a little bit of tendinitis or a little stress reaction,” Salazar said. “We couldn’t tell on the MRI. Running at Mt. SAC would have been foolish. And we’re not going to run at Payton Jordan.”

But some good news for Ritzenhein as it appears the pain has receded and his coach admits his athlete has completed some “great workouts” on soft surfaces and the anti-gravity treadmill.

Salazar says that Ritzenhein will next run the USATF High Performance Meet at Occidental on May 18 and could also possibly run the Oregon Twilight meet on May 5.

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