This high school runner disqualified hersef to help her sick competitor mid-race, reminding us there’s still good in the world
A Minnesota high school runner knew helping a sick rival cross the finish line would disqualify her but did it anyway, successfully restoring our faith in humanity.
According to KARE 11, eighth grader Gracie Buker fell ill during the race, feeling her chest go tight and legs get heavy. Nearing the end of the race, she continued to fall over again and again. (She would be diagnosed with mononucleosis once she got to the hospital).
Thanks to a rule from the Minnesota State High School League, no one could stop to help Bucher without being disqualified from the race themselves. No one except 18-year-old Liana Blomgren.
“I knew she wasn’t going to get to the finish line by herself and I knew that she needed somebody and nobody else was there for her,” Blomgren told KARE 11.
Blomgren said it didn't matter to her that she disqualified herself from the state championships – helping someone in need mattered more.
“I don’t remember what place I was in the section meet last year. I don’t remember what place I was in the section meet the year before that. But I know I’m going to remember this,” she said.
And thanks to Liana's heroism, the league has changed its rules -- competitors next year will NOT be disqualified if they help an injured runner when "no medical personnel is already doing so."
Thanks for making our hearts feel a little fuller, Liana!