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Memorable 'Finish' at State Cross Country For Esko's Kiminski

Eyewitness Sports
November 03, 2014 08:33 PM

Esko, Minn. - Esko senior cross country runner Kailee Kiminski competed in her fifth state cross country meet on Saturday in Northfield, Minnesota. While she didn't officially place this year, her finish was a memorable one...

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Kiminski and junior Tierney Winter of Watertown-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton assisted a fellow runner who fell. That was freshman Jessica Christoffer from Jackson County Central, who had fallen near the finish line. They helped Christoffer up and all crossed the finish line together. But, that act of kindness and sportsmanship disqualified all three for runner interference, which is a Minnesota State High School League rule. The Waseca County News reports that a race official did discourage Kiminski and Winter from assisting. One reason for the MSHSL rule is so that trainers can assess the situation and prevent further injury. Despite the disqualification, Kiminski says she doesn't regret it.

"The girl that fell, looked tired and I just didn't even think about it twice. I just went up to her. I just wanted to help her. I didn't want them to finish alone and it's much more then just a cross country race. It's much more then that. It's important to help others," says Kiminski.

The family of Christoffer expressed their thanks to Kiminski on Monday, sending flowers to her at Esko High School.


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