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Florida cross country runner helps collapsing competitor

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(WFLA/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) The old saying goes, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

For Florida high school students, that has never been more true.

Plant High School sophomore Walker Thomas was in the middle of a state cross country competition when all of sudden, he started feeling really bad.

"I was running a great race at the time, just like my whole body just ran out of fuel and my legs had got weak and I collapsed," he recalls.

He wasn't sure what was going on, but he was sure he wasn't going to make it any further.

Just when all hope seemed lost, a fellow runner stepped in to help.

Luke Whitmore is a junior at Plant City High School. He didn't worry about his race anymore and stopped, picked up Walker and helped him to the finish line.

Luke has been down this road before; he collapsed just last week.

Walker’s parents are glad Luke was there to help their son finish. “It’s hard not to get emotional thinking about it. When you see the pictures, they really tell a great story,” said Clay Thomas, Walker’s dad.

Luke’s coach Drew Martucci said his student Luke didn’t win because “his heart is bigger than his race,”  and he couldn’t be prouder.

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