Paul Gennett, a cross country runner from Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic, was faced with a choice at the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C.
When another runner accidentally stepped on his shoe just five step into the race, removing Gennett’s shoe and spikes, Gennett could have stopped or could have kept running, as noted by The Charlotte Observer.
He kept on going, completing the race with one shoe. His time was good enough for 73rd overall and No. 8 on his team, but his perseverance — despite several bloody blisters on his right foot — impressed everyone.
Charlotte Catholic won the team title and coach Deb Rubinich presented Gennett with the trophy.
The plan is for the trophy and Gennett’s show, which he recovered, to hold a special place in the school trophy case.