A teenage girl in Connecticut demonstrated the ultimate in sportsmanship by stopping her effort during a cross country meet to help a runner from another school who had injured herself during the race.
Kayla Samuel and Maryn Valliancourt, both high school juniors, were running in the meet in Manchester, according to NBC Connecticut. Near the end of the three-mile event, Valliancourt tripped and twisted her ankle and when Samuel caught up to her, she stopped to help the injured competitor.
"I linked my arm into her arm without her permission," said Samuel, a student at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven. "[So] I run with her to the finish line. When I saw her, I sort of felt like she shouldn't have to go through that by herself."
The Huffington Post reports that not only did Valliancourt, who attends Sacred Heart High School, finish the race, but Samuel even allowed her opponent to beat her at the finish line.
"I didn't really deserve that because she could have easily just went by me," Valliancourt stated.
Valliancourt and her mother, Kristen, thanked Samuel for her kind gesture when they went to see her at Amistad High School on Wednesday.
"She had a guardian angel that day watching out for her," Kristen Valliancourt said. "Hopefully she'll pay it forward and do the same thing from this point on. I'm sure she will,"