Lyndhurst HS

May 5, 2015

The road to recovery from a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee was a long and painful one for Jessica Failace. As the Lyndhurst senior puts it, “I was laying there for 66 days after my two surgeries.”

That’s why Failace thinks she will be uniquely qualified to treat athletes navigating the comeback trail from major injuries.

In the fall, Failace will be attending Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn., where she will begin pursuing a doctorate in the school’s physical therapy program.

“The goal,” she said, “is to someday help athletes who have had injuries like mine.”

The Record Female Athlete of the Week has come a long way since her surgeries in October 2012. Last week, she wrote another chapter in her remarkable story.

Failace dominated the NJIC Liberty Division track championships at Overpeck Park. She took first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:04.7, setting meet and school records in the process. She was second in the 400, but her 1:00.1 set a school record. She won the triple jump, and her distance of 34 feet, 3 inches, was a meet record. She also anchored the first-place 4-x-400 relay team.