Sam Worley sustains indoor season-ending leg injury at Husky Classic

Marcus Krum and Alex Briseño

Texas junior Sam Worley sustained an indoor season-ending leg injury while running the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle over the weekend, Texas Athletics confirmed to The Daily Texan.

Worley took a fall in the seventh heat of the men’s mile and did not finish the race. The fall resulted in a fractured tibia and forced Worley to undergo surgery in Seattle. A UT spokesperson told the Texan the injury will “end his indoor season for sure,” and that there is not a timetable for his return to the track. 

Worley later posted an injury update to his Instagram account.


“Finally headed back to the ATX after fracturing my tibia while competing in the mile this past Saturday,” Worley said in the post. “Although this process has been difficult it’s been made so much better by the endless support, prayers, and kind messages from family, friends, teammates, and the entire running community.”

“I’ve only taken my first steps on the road back to running but the process is already looking bright thanks to all the people I’ve got in my corner,” Worley added. “Can’t wait to be back out there doing the sport I love.”

Amid his third season as a Longhorn distance runner, Worley was quickly climbing the ranks amongst the most decorated runners in school history. In both the 2018 and 2019 Husky Classics, Worley set school records in the mile, becoming the first Longhorn to finish sub-3:58 in a first-place finish in 2019.

The five-time All-American had just set a personal record in the 3000-meter run in his final race before the Husky Classic.

A UT spokesperson said depending on the recovery process, Worley may choose to redshirt during the outdoor season.