by Peter Gobeille

Eight minutes is how long it takes for freshman Matthew Hua to run a mile. This is a pretty good time for a person who has undergone 40 surgeries in the first 14 years of his life. These surgeries have been a result of gastrointestinal issues that Hua was born with. These issues make it so that Hua cannot eat solid food and can only take sips of a drink at a time. Even with all these obstacles, Hua is still running cross country and both indoor and outdoor track.

Hua first decided to run cross country when he realized that he wanted to be a part of a team in high school. After asking his siblings for advice on what he should do, he determined that he wanted to run cross country and later track as long as his doctors and parents approved, which they did. Hua ran the 300 and 500 meter events for the Stuart winter track team and is now running the 100, 200 and 400 meter events for spring track.

Hua has proven to be very dedicated to running for the school, and has done a lot to improve in the sport. “He is a very dedicated runner, only missed a few practices and ran in the summer to get in shape. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do as a runner. Usually first year runners improve,” said cross country coach Ron Kronlage.

Hua ran his best time at his Franconia race during the cross country season, when he finished the 3 mile race in 24 minutes flat. Expect to see more successful results as the spring season is underway and also in the future track seasons in his high school career.

When running, Hua is closely monitored by a medical team to ensure that Hua is okay while running at practices and events. Hua is given more freedom at meets, where he is not as closely followed by the medical staff. “When I run I am freed from medical needs and routines,” said Hua.

Hua is currently running outdoor track for Stuart. Just like many other students, doing a sport has had a positive effect on Hua, both physically and mentally.

“I have gotten faster, feel better overall, met lot of great people on the team and get to experience what it’s like to go to a cross country and track meet and be on a team,” said Hua. As Hua runs more and more for the school, he will hopefully see more growing benefits.

Photo by Peter Gobeille