Twin Carries Her Sister to Finish Line
Eighth-graders finish last but steal the show at state meet
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2014 3:44 PM CDT
This May 10 photo provided by Ted Crail shows Claire Gruenke carrying her twin sister, Chloe, to the finish line.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Ted Crail)

(Newser) – The best finish to a track meet in a while took place over the weekend in Trenton, Illinois, where one eighth-grader carried her injured twin sister on her back to the finish line. Chloe Gruenke "felt something pull and pop in my thigh" early in their 800-meter race and fell to the track in pain, reports Fox2Now. Sister Claire came over, assessed the situation, and then put Chloe on her back. Pretty much everyone in the stands soon took notice.

The 13-year-old jogged at first, but "I got really tired, so I walked the rest and the crowd was just blaring in my ears," she tells KSDK. "That gave me energy to at least finish it." She didn't carry her sister over the finish line, though. They stopped before it, and Claire set Chloe on her feet. "She wanted me to go first because it was my race," Chloe recalls. "I didn't want to go first. I wanted to finish with her so I pulled her with me and then we finished."

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RLM357
May 15, 2014 10:02 AM CDT
I skipped over the other headline News articles today, to read instead this article., What a marvelous Family! Two sisters whio stick together as a family uniit is so moving that I felt gratified that I had chosen to read of this, first.. I hope Chloe is alright after pulling her hanstring muscle. Claire should get a Citizenship Medal for her actions. I suspect that she would have done the same had it not beean a sibling. What a beautiful example of what must be a Wonderful family. I felt compelled to write my feelings here and I thank you all for reading this. What a nice story on which to start the day. ~Rick Magee, "MOLON LABE"
CommentsOnArticles
May 14, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
'She ain't heavy, she's my sister, so on we go...' Seeing an example of selfless teamwork always brings to mind the song by The Hollies. It is a very universal and timeless concept that is especially needed in our 'modern' society.
Spudsy
May 14, 2014 5:58 PM CDT
That's how we raise 'em in the Land of Lincoln.