We seem to be bombarded on the news with young people displaying bad behavior, so when this happened at a recent college sporting event, the world took notice on social media.  At the ACC Cross Country Championship hosted at North Carolina State University, the world saw a beautiful display of good sportsmanship.  It was truly remarkable.

Most of the women had already finished the 6k race when Madeline Adams from Boston College collapsed just before reaching the finish line.  She struggled to get back on her feet, but was unable. . .and she was so close to the end.  Before the race she had been feeling just fine:   “I was feeling great, I was ready to rumble. I felt like this was my time to shine,”  she said.

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Things came apart for Madeline when a sudden wave of exhaustion hit her.  She felt really good until she came to the hill leading to the finish line, she started to feel completely empty.  “All of a sudden, I get this wave that comes over me and my legs just truly gave out from underneath me. I had no control. I really don’t remember falling, I remember being on the ground and being like, ‘why am I on the ground? Get up.’”

When Adam’s competition came up from behind her, they decided that they could not just run around her.  Evie Tate, from Clemson University, and Rachel Pease, from the University of Louisville, came to Madeline’s rescue.  They came up on either side of her and basically carried her to the finish line.

“The great part that comes out of this is there are two amazing girls that helped me, who are completely selfless and just amazing people with amazing character,” Adams shared.

Although Adams was disqualified from the race because of the assistance she received, she knew that she had run the hardest race of her life.