[dehai-news] (Indianapolis Star) For want of a shoe, a race is lost


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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Thu Nov 06 2008 - 08:58:47 EST


 For want of a shoe, a race is lost
  By Paul Shepherd / Star correspondent
Posted: November 6, 2008

*Frustum Zeinasellassie* did all he could to prevent a wayward shoe from
derailing his bid for a state championship.

So did his brother, *Bahlebi*.
Frustum, the North Central freshman and Eritrean immigrant who hadn't lost a
cross-country race since August, lost his shoe early in Saturday's boys
state meet in Terre Haute when another runner inadvertently stepped on his
heel.

Frustum quickly stopped and put the shoe back on, but the damage had been
done to the overwhelming favorite to win the individual title.

The delay cost him at least 10 seconds and pushed him all the way to the
back of the field.

He went on to make up almost all the ground he needed to win, but he fell
five seconds short and finished second to Fishers senior *Drew Shields*, who
won in 15 minutes, 20 seconds.

"The field absolutely left him (after the mishap)," said Panthers coach *Rick
Stover*.

"He was dead last. He was a little bit in panic mode. He took off and
probably caught up a little too quickly."

Frustum got back in contention with help from his older brother, Bahlebi, a
junior.

Noticing his brother's dilemma, Bahlebi raced to the front of the pack to
try and slow down the pace to allow Frustum to catch up.

Bahlebi went on to finish 43rd in the field of 194 runners.

"He kind of spent his race doing that," Stover said. "It's a tribute to his
brother. He kind of helped him out. It cost (Bahlebi) maybe a top-25 spot."

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