An Andover High School runner will be honored at the next Anoka-Hennepin school board meeting for helping an injured competitor during a race.
Josh Ripley, a cross-country runner and junior, was competing in a 2-mile junior varsity race last week when he saw Lakeville South runner Mark Paulauskas bleeding profusely.
Mark’s Achilles heel had been “spiked” by the pointed metal spike some runners wear on their shoes to get traction. Josh stopped and carried Mark for half a mile to get him to help. Mark was taken to a hospital where he was given more than 20 stitches and put in a brace.