The Sacred Heart Prep girls' cross-country team made some great strides last season with the help of Courtney Schrier. The Gators, however, will have to compete this season without Schrier, who was seriously injured in an accident last week in Atherton.
According to SHP coach Marisa Beck, Schrier was out on a run by herself on Tuesday, July 26. She was almost home and crossing in a crosswalk on El Camino Real and Alejandra Avenue when she was hit by a car.
Despite being in the crosswalk and being waved on by other drivers, another car came out of nowhere to hit Schrier. She was thrown into the air before hitting the ground and losing consciousness. There was no report to whether the car sped off or stopped.
"There were maybe witnesses who came to her side and stayed with her until the paramedics came," Beck said in a statement. "She was taken to Stanford Hospital and has been receiving great care there."
Beck said that Schrier has a fractured pelvis, a possible punctured lung as well as other fractures (a broken tailbone), but the pelvis is the biggest concern.
"Her parents are obviously having a tough time, but they feel like Courtney has angels watching over her and they are very happy she is alive. I know they could use extra prayers and support from all of us."
Schrier was second team all league in cross country and in track and field last year as a sophomore. She helped the Gators win the West Bay Athletic League cross-country title for the first time by finishing 13th.
"As great as a runner as she is," Beck said, "she's even a better kid."
"This was a horrible accident," wrote SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez, who noted that there is no stop light or flashing crosswalk to notify drivers of crossing pedestrians at El Camino and Alejandra. "Witness accounts said that the car that hit Courtney in the crosswalk didn't brake and knocked her 10 feet into the air.
"Any of us who have driven El Camino have seen near-misses in these crosswalks, where a couple of cars stop and wave the pedestrian through, but the cars in the fast (left) lane don't stop. It's is especially tragic as it happened as Courtney was only three blocks from her home in Menlo Park at the end of her run."