Act of sportsmanship headlines Capital-River Ridge-W.F. West cross-country meet

mwochnick@theolympian.comSeptember 19, 2013 

Ashli Ayers, second from right, tripped and fell during Wednesday's three-way cross country meet with Capital and W.F. West only to have Capital's Sarah Paquet (far left) and Tae'lor Johnson (second from left) stop to aid Ayers to her feet.

TONY OVERMAN

Moments like what happened Wednesday during Capital’s three-way cross-country meet with River Ridge and W.F. West make Cougars girls coach Kevin Wright proud: an act of sportsmanship.

 A half-mile into the girls 5,000-meter race at Capital High School Wednesday afternoon, River Ridge sophomore Ashli Ayers tripped and fell to the track, only to have Capital freshmen Sarah Paquet and Tae’lor Johnson stop to help Ayers to her feet. Paquet went on to win the her first high school race in 21 minutes, 11.31 seconds to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Cougars. Ayers finished fifth.

Wright said one of team goals his girls implement is sportsmanship.

“I have a pretty special group of girls,” he said.

This isn’t the first noted act of sportsmanship from Capital cross country. At the 2008 Fort Steilacoom Invitational, Capital boys junior-varsity runners Kyle Rizzieri, Court Schneider-McKinney, Danny Stohr, Aaron Hall and Karl Sergojan stopped to aid a fellow competitor who collapsed because of a medical problem on the 5-kilometer course.

-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer

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