Admissions - Cadet Meredith Hall Receives Admirals Award
At a recent morning formation, Cadet Hall was presented with the Admiral's Award for her selfless and timely actions.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy senior Meredith Hall exhibited a true gesture of sportsmanship when she sacrificed her time and placement while running the Codfish Bowl Invitational cross-country race last weekend at Franklin Park.
The Duxbury High graduate was in the middle of the 5-kilometer course when she noticed that Brandeis senior Hannah Lindholm had stopped running, was holding her chest and having difficulty breathing.
Hall (inset), an emergency management major, assessed Lindholm’s condition, thinking she was suffering from asthma or an allergic reaction.
“She told me to keep going,’’ said Hall, “but I wasn’t going to leave her alone. Anyone would have done the same thing. I know she would have done the same thing for me.’’
Hall stayed out of the race until she saw medical staff approaching Lindholm, who was experiencing an asthma attack.
Lindholm, a native of Madison, Wisc., appreciated the assistance.
“Meredith made sure I was OK. . . We always wish each other luck before our meets. I’ve had to deal with asthma as a runner and I was OK after using my inhaler. I had to drop out of the race, but I was fine.’’
“True to her EMT training, Meredith did what she was trained to do, sacrificing her time, her overall place and the team’s standing to do it,’’ said Mass. Maritime head coach Linda Letourneau. “I can’t say enough positive things about the way she reacted. It was true to her character.’’
Hall was the second Mass. Maritime runner across the line in a time of 24:16, good for 153rd place.
A standout in both cross country and track and field at Duxbury High, Hall has also been the Buccaneers track and field co-captain the past two seasons.
Story by Boston Globe Correspondent, Marvin Pave first ran October 3, 2010