Cheektowaga High School Student Is Hometown Hero

November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 7:42 PM EDT

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November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 7:42 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY ( WKBW ) Kaylea Rustay isn't sure what all the fuss is about. She says, "To me, it's an everyday thing."

Last Saturday, Kaylea competed in the New York State Cross Country Championships, where just a few feet from the finish line she saw fellow competitor Molly Shine collapse.

Kaylea said, "I was stunned... because it's the state meet. You don't expect someone to fall and collapse, and when you do...right outside the finish...it has to hurt."

Amy Capalbo, Kayle's Cross Country Coach added, "She stopped, and went back and tried to help pick that girl up."

Kaylea's story has been getting alot of attention on wkbw.com. Nearly 40,000 people have already checked out the original story since it was posted a few days ago. In addition, Kaylea's heroic act has also gotten the attention of several national television shows.

She is excited to tell her story.

"The more people that hear about the story, maybe at the next state meet there will be more people doing kind things. It may even start a chain reaction like we've learned in school," Kaylea told Eyewitness News.

Now, Kaylea has a new friend in Molly Shine, who collapsed that day due to an asthma attack. Molly was taken to the hospital after crawling across the finish line, and never even got the name of the fellow runner who stopped to help her. They were able to reconnect through Facebook.

Kaylea says, "We're Facebook friends now, and we've been talking. She's so proud, and then I'm proud!"