A Utah high school cross country runner may have been disqualified from the Utah Class 6A state cross-country meet, but his act of kindness is winning over the internet.
With just 200 meters left in the three-mile race, Blake Lewis, a junior from Riverton High School, broke the tibia bone in his left leg.
When Lewis' teammate, senior Sean Rausch, saw him collapse, he rushed over to see what he could do to help. It immediately became clear that Lewis could not finish the race, so Rausch took it upon himself to get him there by carrying him to the finish line.
Both were disqualified from the event for breaking a rule that says you can't touch another player during a meet.
"He picked me up and brought me to the finish line, and disqualified himself for something greater and definitely made my day," Lewis told Fox 13. "As soon as I saw him, I gave him a big hug and told him he's a hero to me. I've run thousands of miles with this guy and, like, when someone picks you up you know that they love you, you know," Lewis said.
"I put him on my shoulders and he was screaming the whole way, but I kept telling him, 'We're a family, we're a team, and we're all in this together,' " Rausch said.
Although Rausch was disqualified, he will have one more race opportunity before he graduates. The team is competing in the Nike cross regional in Arizona next month.