Disqualified high school athletes in the running for sportsmanship award

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The two high school girls who were disqualified for helping another runner at a state cross-country meet in Northfield last week will be considered for a national sportsmanship award.

Esko High School senior Kailee Kiminski and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton junior Tierney Winter saw Jessica Christoffer – a competitor from Jackson County Central – fall less than 100 yards shy of the finish.

So they picked her up and carried her over the line.

However, high school cross-country rules say runners cannot aid another competitor, so all three were disqualified.

But now, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) – the same league that disqualified the runners – says the girls will be considered for the national High School Spirit of Sport Award, according to a post on the MSHSL Facebook page.

The award "seeks to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport and represent the core mission of education-based athletics," according to MSHSL. It's awarded annually by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

According to the post, national rules prohibit competitors from assisting other runners. But adds that doesn't "diminish from their tremendous act of sportsmanship," it reads.

The MSHSL says the girls knew they would be disqualified if they helped Christoffer, but did so anyway.

"Despite the consequences, Kailey and Tierney didn’t hesitate in coming to the aid of a fellow competitor. Because of their tremendous act of sportsmanship and selflessness, they will be considered for the Spirit of Sport Award. Congratulations to Kailey and Tierney, their coaches, teammates, families and schools."

This embed is invalid

This comes less than a month after North Dakota runner Melanie Bailey carried Danielle Lenoue piggy-back style so she could get medical attention after she suffered a torn tendon in her knee during a Minnesota race. Last week, the runners appeared on "Ellen." The show's host, Ellen DeGeneres, recognized the "inspiring" act of sportsmanship and gave the girls a trip to the Bahamas.

There have been other notable actions by runners in recent years. Blaine, Minnesota, high school junior Tom Anderson helped a fellow competitor to the finish when he saw him fall during a 5K race at Majestic Oaks Country Club in 2012, KARE 11 reports.

And Stillwater runner Mike Johnson, 47, was one of four people who came to the aid of a runner who had collapsed just a few hundred yards of the finish line at the Boston Marathon in April, according to the Star Tribune.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 7.41.02 AM

Human remains found at Albert Lea building where 3 people where shot

Authorities say the human remains are not related to the shooting.

DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.

ambulance

Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.

Screen Shot 2020-11-29 at 4.59.51 PM

Watch: Adam Thielen watches end of Vikings/Panthers just like all of us

The Vikings receiver looked like a true fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

127266986_2766399800267634_3587849554502438415_n

West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Related