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Track runner carries injured twin sister across finish line

TRENTON, Ill. (KTVI) – Two sisters in Illinois seem to always stick together and proved that to be the case during a recent track meet.

Chloe and Claire Gruenke spent the weekend competing at the Southern Illinois State track meet.

They were both running in the 800 when all of a sudden Chloe began having trouble.

Chloe said, “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.”

It seemed like the end of the race for Chloe but her sister wouldn’t let that happen.

Claire put her sister on her back and carried her for 370 of the 400 meters left in the race.

Claire said, “The energy from the crowd made me stronger. They were just saying, ‘I can’t believe you just did that.”

The twins’ parents, Doug and Georgia Gruenke, say they were even surprised by the actions of their girls.

Doug said, “It was pretty neat. Everyone in the crowd  was standing up giving a standing ovation.”

Georgia said, “I just wanted both of them to make it through.”

The twins came in last in the race but say it didn’t really matter since they both were able to finish.