Get ready for a truly inspiring story that will really bring a tear to your eye.
As Jessica Haney rounded the corner during the final leg of the NCAA West Preliminary’s 10,000-meter event this weekend, Nicole Price’s lead must have looked insurmountable. But when an exhausted Nicole suddenly collapsed within 200 feet of the finish line, most onlookers expected Jessica to capitalize on the injury and secure herself a first-place finish.
Instead, Jessica taught us all that some things are more important than winning, as she stopped short of the finish line, pulled out a pistol, and put the injured runner out of her misery once and for all.
Wow. Truly incredible.
For a few riveting moments, the attention of the crowd was focused squarely on the beautiful act of human kindness playing out before them. While the rest of the field passed by without helping, all eyes remained on Jessica as she bent over the downed runner and offered a few words of comfort before delivering a single shot to her head. It was a simple, poignant gesture that moved fans and athletes alike.
“Running is all about community,” Jessica remarked afterward. “Even in individual events, we still have to take care of each other out there. I know if she was in my position, she would have done the same for me.”
Though her act of selflessness cost her a place at the podium, there has been an outpouring of support for Jessica’s kind deed. As her story has gone viral, photos of the touching moment have pulled on heartstrings all across the world. She may not have won the race, but Jessica has given us all an incredible example of what true sportsmanship looks like!