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Maze witnessed something remarkablePosted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 8:10 PM
Some things are too good to keep to yourself.
In this day of me first and what have you done for me lately, it is refreshing and heartwarming when something just the opposite occurs.
I received an e-mail this week from Julie Maze, the mother of Eastern Greene High School hurdler Keith Maze.
This is an account of what she witnessed last Thursday, April 21 at the North Daviess boys and girls track and field invitational.
I just felt compelled to share this story.
The 300 meter low hurdle event was about to start and my son Keith and Seth Bean of Washington were discussing their race against one another, getting aquatinted and forming a friendship.
The two boys had been running the same times and knew this would be close. The event got underway and Keith was ahead and winning.
He began to drag himself to the line when Bean came up on him and went on to cross the finish line first.
Everyone gathered around Keith and his injured knee, which seemed bad.
For me, the most upsetting moment was not just about Keith losing a race.
He is scheduled to attend DePauw University and run for the track team.
Keith was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
The track meet continued and concluded.
Afterwards, Bean and three of his teammates from Washington showed up at the hospital in support of Keith.
It was remarkable and unforgettable to me. I have never been more moved by such and act of great sportsmanship.
Keith was upset thinking the worst of the knee injury and here these boys from an opposing schools were showing support.
The kicker was when Bean, scheduled to run track at Illinois, handed Maze something -- his first place medal from the event.
Keith said he could not take it, but Bean insisted it belonged to him because he had really won the race.
Needless to say the moment was emotional for Keith and for all those who witnessed it.
I can't say enough about how wonderful that was of Bean, and the three other boys that came to the hospital.
In the end, those boys even insisted on taking Maze out in the wheelchair themselves.
It's the kind of thing that makes an impact.
Those two senior boys will never forget that.
I felt that act of such unselfishness by Bean should be shared.
Julie Maze, mother of Keith Maze.
B.J. Hargis is sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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