Gracie Bucher, Liana Blomgren

Sometimes circumstances dictate that good sportsmanship is against the rules, and when that happens, some athletes will opt for humanity over competition. Consider this cross-country race in Minnesota when one runner stopped to help an opponent, who was staggering from the effects of what was later diagnosed as mononucleosis, reach the finish line.

For her good deed, Liana Blomgren was disqualified. So was Gracie Bucher, the runner that Blomgren helped.

Neither cared much about the disqualification. It was all about doing the right thing.

Boyd Huppert of KARE in the Twin Cities reported the details on how Blomgren, a high school senior competing in her final race, came to the rescue of Bucher, an eighth-grader: