Stefanie Howard

Shelbyville junior Stefanie Howard poses for a photo after qualifying for semi-state during last weekend’s Franklin regional.

When Hallie Schweitzer crossed the finish line at the Shelbyville Invitational earlier this season, the Triton Central sophomore had a giant grin on her face.

That race was a turning point for Schweitzer after facing months of slowly coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that she suffered at the junior varsity girls’ basketball Pink Out game earlier this year.