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

(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."

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)
This photo provided by Ted Crail shows Claire Gruenke, left, as she helps twin sister Chloe cross the finish line.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Ted Crail)
Chloe Gruenke, left, and her twin sister, Claire.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Ted Crail)
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