Craig Miller Sidelined for Foot Lockers

by Northeast Regional Editor Don Rich,

Craig Miller – Pennsylvania's best chance in years for a first-ever Foot Locker national championship – will not be racing in the Northeast Regional after suffering a collapsed lung during a workout on Saturday, November 12th at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.

Manheim Township coach Terry Lee says that while the condition did not require surgical intervention to repair, that doctors will not permit extreme exertion such as a race. Known as a Spontaneous Pneumothorax, the condition is most common in taller adolescents. A spontaneous pneumothorax is a collection of air or gas in the chest that causes the lung to partially collapse in the absence of a traumatic injury to either the chest or lung. According to the Canadian Lung Association, it is seven times more likely to occur in males than females, and usually occurs during the fall or winter months.

Lee says that Craig and his brother Brad were completing the second tour of the course in preparation for the next day's NYRRC XC race.
Brad emerged from the woods alone, and they met Craig walking from the bridge. He was observed at a local hospital overnight, and returned home Sunday.

Craig will be able to return to training when doctors permit.

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