Ohio cross country runner Sami Stoner has yet to cross the finish line in first place, but she has won over fans across the nation while trying.
In the process, she’s become a champion for teens with challenges.
Stoner, who is legally blind and a runner on the Lexington girls cross country team, is believed to be the first high school athlete in Ohio to compete with a guide dog.
The Mansfield Journal writes that while Stoner sets a powerful example, she almost wasn’t allowed to compete. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) had concerns about setting a precedent and initially denied the request.
The school’s Athletic Director, John Harris, appealed the decision and addressed safety issues that were raised.