WrestleMania 38 is this weekend, but one Florida high school track meet got the festivities started a week early. Last weekend, a runner sucker-punched another competitor in the middle of a high school track race. Cameras caught the blow, which caught the victim squarely in the back of the head.

It was a very clear case of assault. The victim has decided not to press charges, though. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office told TMZ Sports that the runner who was punched didn’t want to move ahead with any criminal charges.

The spokesperson said that the runner who threw the punch also declined to press charges. The punch came in retaliation for the other runner touching the aggressor moments before. The police did not provide any more details on the incident.

The punch occurred at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee last Saturday. After the first boy pushed his opponent, the second runner took a swing. The ugly incident went viral when the video was posted on social media.


There is no word on whether the runner was injured by the punch. He did not finish the race. The entire situation seems peculiar.

There has been a rash of violence in youth and high school sporting events around the country recently. The latest is among the most blatant. Representatives for both schools are cooperating with the governing body that oversees high school athletics in the state to determine further disciplinary action.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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