In apparent retaliation, the athlete in the black chased him down and socked him in the head.
It was not immediately known if any criminal complaints were made over the incident.
Running Magazine reported that police were called over the incident, but it was not immediately known if any charges were filed.
He was reportedly standing on the track, and the runner in first place — who ultimately got punched — told him to move out of the way.
During the next lap, instead of moving, the athlete reportedly further impeded the first-place runner, who pushed him over.
A wild sucker-punch was thrown during a high school track race in Florida over the weekend.
The punch occurred at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee on Saturday.
According to Canadian Running Magazine, the incident happened during a 1,600-meter race.
TMZ cites witnesses as saying that the athlete who threw the punch was not involved in the race.
It’s all part of a generational change in college sports, with athletes now able to sell their name, image and likeness (NIL) rights.
For decades college sport has been one of the last bastions of amateurism – much like tennis before the grand slam era. Players could be compensated with scholarships, and some minor cost-of-living payments, but that was it.metasports
A growing consensus agreed that this was unfair. After all, college football players in particular are part of a multi-billion dollar enterprise, yet weren’t receiving those profits. Top schools rake in tens of millions of dollars and are engaged in a never-ending facilities arms race, building utterly ridiculous locker rooms because, well, what else are they going to spend the money on? Paying the players? Of course not.
College sport itself, represented by the NCAA governing body, argued allowing players to be paid was an “existential threat”. That if athletes weren’t just in it for the love of the game, it could destroy the very core of the industry.