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)
Bob - Thanks for the tear jerker.
Perhaps track and field athletes are "nicer" because they are coached that - in spite of the presence of other people who are also trying to "win" - they are ultimately trying to do their own "best".
Meghan Vogel showed what that really means.
Oh, one other generalization I forgot: Women are way better people then men. :*)
"Women are way better people then men."
Guess it depends on what you mean by "better".
More compassionate? Pretty clearly. It's probably primarily a hormonal thing.
But "better" in terms of performing quixotic acts of folly, as shown in the vid?
We're #1! We're #1!
I'm guessing under the rules both runners didn't actually finish the race. So maybe the compassionate thing to do was to help her to the first aid tent.
If I collapsed during a race, I would hope that someone would administer medical care instead of "helping" me run some more.