Penn High School runner shows remarkable act of sportsmanship

Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 6:22 PM EST
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - An amazing act of sportsmanship by a Michiana teen has gone viral.

In Saturday’s IHSSA Cross Country State Finals, Penn High School runner Ben Boardley sacrificed his own race to help a stranger.

While Boardley’s eyes were locked in on the race, something unexpected happened. A fellow runner stumbled to the ground.

Boardley quickly jumped into action, stopping to help lift the runner up from the ground.

His actions could have cost him the race-- IHSSA guidelines say a runner could be disqualified for assisting another. However, an official ruled no violation occurred.

The moment has gone viral, raking up thousands of shares online for the touching moment.

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