GRCC honors junior Mary Lefere with t-shirts. Lefere remains in critical condition.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Standout athlete Mary Kathryn Lefere is now a senior at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School.
It was expected to be the year she took her athletic talents to new heights.
But a near-fatal car crash in March changed all that.
The Grand Rapids Press reports the focus for Lefere's parents turned to getting their daughter better, not attending her games and meets.
Still, Lefere hasn't given up on athletic pursuits.
On Oct. 18, she competed for Catholic Central in a cross country race.
Her close friend ran along beside her, and her parents watched from the sidelines as friends and total strangers stood along the course, cheering her on. Members of the boys' and girls' cross country teams joined the pair for the 3.1-mile race's final 500 yards.