Runner stopped during race to help fallen competitor at meet

Editors note: The following letter was originally sent to Tecumseh Athletic Director Jon Zajac and reprinted here with the writers’ permission.


To the Editor,

I had the opportunity to attend the MHSAA [Michigan High School Athletic Association] Division 2 Track and Field State Meet on Saturday, June 4.

In the 3,200-meter women’s race, one of your athletes, Christina Sawyer, displayed the true meaning of good sportsmanship. While she and an athlete from Holland Christian, Kayla Windenmuller, were battling for first place, their feet got tangled and Kayla fell to the track. While Christina could have taken this unfortunate opportunity to extend a lead, she instead stopped running, motioned for Kayla to get up, and even bent down to assist her. It was a beautiful moment between two stellar athletes. Christina should be commended for her integrity and for giving all of us at the meet an opportunity to reflect on sportsmanship. 

Please let Christina know we are not only celebrating her second place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races, we are also celebrating the fact she is a good role model for our athletes.


Caroline Breault-Cannon, Ph.D.

Principal, Breton Downs Elementary

East Grand Rapids Public School


Tecumseh Herald


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