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winning isn't everything

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1 winning isn't everything on Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:28 pm


contributor eminence
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Josh Ripley didn't have to stop. Running in a recent cross country
meet for Andover (Minn.) High, the junior varsity runner was making his
way through the trail at the Applejack Invite when he heard a loud
scream during the first mile of a two-mile race. Most of the other kids
running didn't pay much attention to Lakeville South runner Mark
Paulauskas, who was writhing in pain at the time, as they passed by.

The only person who decided to pay attention was Ripley. As an Anoka-Hennepin school district release
reported, Ripley immediately noticed Paulauskas holding his bloody
ankle. Then, instead of running back and calling for help, he did the
only thing he could think of: He carried the injured runner a half mile
back to coaches and family members.

"I didn't think about my race, I knew I needed to stop and help him,"
Ripley said in the school district release. "It was something I would
expect my other teammates to do. I'm nothing special; I was just in the
right place at the right time."

It was a good thing Ripley had the foresight to carry Paulauskas so
he could be rushed to the emergency room. When Paulauskas arrived at the
hospital, doctors realized he had been accidentally spiked by another
runner's shoe during the race. The injury required 20 stitches and a
walking boot to keep the wounded area from opening up.

Andover cross country coach Scott Clark couldn't believe what he
heard when word got to him that Ripley was carrying another runner back
to the starting line.

"Then Josh comes jogging into view carrying a runner," Clark said. "I
noticed the blood on the runner's ankle as Josh handed him off to one
of the coaches from Lakeville. Josh was tired and you could tell his
focus was off as he started back on the course."

Amazingly, the story gets even better from there.

After dropping Paulauskas off with his coaches, Ripley proceeded to
go back and finish the race -- even after carrying a kid for a half mile
on the running trail. Admittedly he was a bit winded, but still
completed the course as scheduled.

It's safe to say the average athlete would have taken a breather and
called off the rest of the race after such a harrowing and intense
experience. Luckily, Ripley is clearly not the average athlete.
Fittingly, he'll be honored at a school board meeting next week. Talk
about an incredible example of sportsmanship.

Why do we call them fingers if no one has ever seen them fing?

2 Re: winning isn't everything on Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:06 pm


He sounds like a winner to me.

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through
our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that
democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

― Isaac Asimov

3 Re: winning isn't everything on Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:13 pm


contributor eminence
contributor eminence

Why do we call them fingers if no one has ever seen them fing?

4 Re: winning isn't everything on Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:08 am


I heard he was dropped from the team for finishing with a really poor time! lol

They cut my back open ! Help!

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