A photo of Malburg helping her teammate was shared on Facebook by a parent from another school.
The picture shows Malburg holding up Shubert, whose arm is wrapped around her teammate as both girls walk up the hill.
“I just wanted to sit there and just lay down and just stop,” Malburg told UpNorthLive.com. “Then Amelia came by and she helped me up and walked me up the hill and we started running together.”
“By stopping to help Alexis, [Mia] was basically sacrificing her own time and performance to try and help a teammate which is a pretty cool thing,” Mason County Eastern Principal Mark Fornor said.
The principal says the photo demonstrates sportsmanship and putting generosity over finishing first.
“It was just something that I kind of expected Mia to do she doesn’t like it when other people are hurt around her,” said Ginger Malburg, Amelia’s mother. “Knowing that people are choosing kindness over competitiveness."
Sharing this post of two amazing girls! I'm so thankful to have captured their picture to share their kindness with others! It just shows that God's love still exists in this world!Posted by Heather Goodspeed on Thursday, September 21, 2017