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North Attleboro track coach catches error, forfeits win

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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -

A coach made sure his team's track record is clean and proved the truth wins every time.

A North Attleboro track coach used real life to teach his runners a valuable lesson about honesty.

It was in the record books as a state championship win for North Attleboro, but the next day their coach, Derek Herber, took a better look at the scores and found a big error.  

He realized his team didn't win and when he found that out, he had to tell the truth.  

“It was a no brainer we just walked down to the Athletic Director, to the department and said, ‘hey there's a mistake. We need to call the state and tell them we didn't win and we think Central Catholic won,'” Herber said.

Runners said they are supporting their coach.  

They said it would have been a horrible way to win a championship, if the coach didn't point out who the real winners were.

“The lesson learned is, in the end, just be honest with everything, because honesty wins everyone over, as you can tell by all the publicity,” Ryan Croke said.

After adjusting the scores North Attleboro came in third place.

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