January 25, 2014. Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Kayla Montgomery warms up before running in the 1600m at the 2014 David Oliver Classic.
3 and a half years ago, during an examination after sustaining tailbone and head injuries from a fall during a soccer game, Kayla Montgomery, now 18, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Montgomery, then a decent runner, refused to be limited by her diagnosis, and after years of training has become one of the best high school runners in the country.