Runner carries injured competitor to help

(Photo: WCCO/CNN)
(Photo: WCCO/CNN)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/CNN) – A high school runner stopped in the middle of his race to help out a rival teammate who was injured.

Andover High School junior Josh Ripley noticed in the middle of a cross-country race that Lakeville South High School student Mark Paulauskas was hurt.

"One person wasn't slowing down and got me in the ankle," said Paulauskas. "I could see my ankle bone and I just knew it was bad and a lot of runners passed me."

Another runner's spike pierced Paulauskas ankle and he began bleeding badly. With Paulauskas in his arms, Ripley ran a half-mile to the start of the race and brought him to his coaches.

Then, when Paulauskas was safe, Ripley left and continued the 3-mile race.

"I had blood on my legs and arms after carrying him," Ripley said. "A lot of people thought I was hurt but I had to inform them that it was not my blood, I was fine."

Ripley is getting a lot of attention for what he thinks is not a big deal, but Paulaskas believes it is a big deal, and he's thankful.

"I just want to say that I am really, really thankful for what he did," Paulaskas said. "Stopping his race just to help me, it's really, truly a wonderful thing that he did."

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