As I recall my high school years, there was something about the track & field kids. They were jocks without the jock mentality. They were… nicer.
Things haven’t changed. Whenever there’s a good story of sportsmanship in high school athletics, there’s a pretty good chance it involves a track-and-field kid.
Exhibit A in this generalization comes from Springfield, Ohio.
At the Division III championships over the weekend, Meghan Vogel, a junior, was near the finish line when there was something more important that came up for her than finishing the race.
A sophomore from a competing school collapsed.
“Helping her across the finish line was a lot more satisfying than winning the state championship,” admitted Vogel.
(h/t: Julia Schrenkler)