Trenton, ILLINOIS (KTVI)-
Twin sisters spent the weekend competing at a state track meet, but it was what they accomplished together than had the fans on their feet.
Chloe and Claire Gruenke, both 13 years old, were competing in the 800 meter race at the Southern Illinois State track meet. All of a sudden, Chloe was having trouble.
“I felt something pull and pop in my thigh and then around the second lap it hurt and I couldn’t go anymore and I fell to the ground,” Chloe said.
Then something really cool happened, Claire put her sister on her back and they finished the race together. Claire carried Chloe for 370 of the 400 meters left in the race. She says what she did for her twin means more than just winning.
“It`s about showing compassion, love and sportsmanship, even if you lose and help somebody it`s still worth it. The energy from the crowd made me stronger. They were saying I can`t believe you just did that,’ Claire explained
The twins` parents, Doug and Georgia Gruenke, say we can all learn from what happened.
‘It was pretty neat, everyone in the crowd was standing up giving a standing ovation,” Doug said. ‘I just wanted both of them to make it through,” Georgia added.
Coaches Ted Crail and Coree Woltering are also proud of the twins and their team spirit.
‘We just watched breathlessly and luckily had glasses on because we all had tears in our eyes,” Crail said.
‘I have to admit, it was pretty emotional,’ said Woltering.
Chloe and Claire may have come in last in the 800 meter race, but the duo clearly won the hearts of everyone who watched a special moment play out between two loving sisters on the field.
‘Never leave them behind; as long as you help them, your heart just warms up,’ Claire said.