It's a moment that has been stuck in my head for almost three years.

It still makes me shake my head.

As I was trying to find some cover while a thunderstorm swept across Lexington, causing a delay in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's State Track and Field Championship, I struck up a short conversation with another journalist.

I didn't remember his name, but I was certain I had seen him at some other event.

The rain delay came just minutes after Model Laboratory's Melanie Welsing won her third-straight Class A title in the 100-meter hurdles with a state-record time of 14.63.

I had the chance to interview her before the dark clouds, lightning and thunder chased off the crowd at the University of Kentucky Track and Field complex.

As we tried to stay dry, I told the other reporter about Welsing's amazing accomplishment.

Much to my surprise, he looked at me and said, "Congratulations." He then raised his hand, signifying his desire to give me a high-five.

Slightly confused, I somewhat gracious accepted his offer and raised my hand to meet his.

With a bewildered look on my face, I asked him, "Why are you congratulating me? I don't do anything."

I don't remember his exact response, to be perfectly honest.

It didn't matter, though.

The sentiment was clear.

That reporter believed that he -- and therefore me -- somehow played some role in the events that took place that day.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

My presence on that hot, stormy afternoon in Lexington was completely inconsequential. Welsing won another state title because of dedication, work ethic, training and athleticism.

She earned it.

And I have no doubt she would have won that championship whether I was there or not.

It had nothing to do with me.

My job was to be an observer.

Sadly, a lot of journalists don't seem to understand that.

It's something that really bothers me -- and has for a long time.

I've written about this before, and the last time I did, I was almost fired after several of my "colleagues" demanded I be immediately terminated.

So, forgive me if a tread lightly while still trying to make my point.

I've always approached my job with one simple principle.

The name at the beginning of the story -- the byline (the author) -- isn't as important as all those names other that appear in the story.

Every journalist should know that.

Some, seemingly, don't, though.

It's disheartening.

Those people, luckily, don't represent our entire profession.

There are plenty of good, hard-working, modest journalists all across this country.

I know.

I work with three of them.

Ricki Pryor, Taylor Six and Destinee Ott are people I am proud to call friends and colleagues. They understand our role in the community and approach their job every day with professionalism, humility and a genuine interest in the people of Madison County.

They truly understand that it's not about us, it's about you!

After all, without you, we wouldn't be here.

It's that simple.

On the wall in the Model Laboratory gymnasium is a banner which honors Welsing for winning three state championships.

That marker will hang there for many years to come and her name will remain in the KHSAA record books forever.

Welsing's accomplishments will be remembered, honored and treasured.

No one will recall that I was there to witness her win those races.

And I'm glad.

Because, I didn't do anything special.

She did.

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