A heroic act of kindness disqualified an Iowa distance runner from the district championship he otherwise would have won.

Zach Hougland of Davis County was first to cross the finish line.

Meanwhile, a runner from another team fell unconscious to the ground, about 15 meters short of the finish.

Houghland went back and helped him make it across, to the cheers of everyone around.



But Iowa state athletic rules say no runner can help or receive aid from another runner, so they were both disqualified.

Hougland told WHO-TV he was "heartbroken" over the DQ.

“I didn't want anyone to see me break down because I couldn't take it, all that work for nothing. But If I could do it all again I wouldn't change a thing because I did what I thought was right.”

Luckily, his team did well enough in the race so that he'll still be able to compete at the next meet.

A witness said he hopes to see the championship returned to "an unselfish and deserving man."

No matter what, he's a champion in our eyes! Watch the report from Fox 59 above.

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