April 7, 2011
Visual impairment doesn't slow down River Valley sprinter

El Camino's Nebiyu Dingetu isn't the only visually impaired area athlete competing in track and field.

River Valley's Kym Crosby also is legally blind.

Born without pigment in her eyes, she wears sunglasses when she runs. She sometimes uses a cane to guide her way around the Yuba City campus.

Yet she is one of the school's most accomplished athletes - and a can't miss figure on the track with her pale skin and bright red hair.

She holds school records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.

Crosby has signed a national letter of intent to run for Chico State next season.

"She's a blue-chip runner and represents us at all of our meets," River Valley track coach Paul Odegard told Andy Arrenquin of the Appeal-Democrat. "If anyone knows about River Valley track, they know about Kym. She's been the face of the program."

- Bill Paterson

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