He stopped racing. He went to the kid who had fallen, who by this time was in severe distress.
What lessons do our kids learn through sports? It's hard not to wonder at times.
Sportsmanship is so last century. The flashiest athletes get the richest sneaker deals. If you want a headline, you've got to crush the other guy.
He runs cross country to get in shape for basketball. But what he did in the middle of a race a few weeks ago may be more deserving of headlines than anything that's happened since the academic year began.
He stopped. That was the first thing.
"I'm a lifeguard," he said, as if that explains it all. "It was obvious he needed help."
Goldstein called for a parent to phone 911. Then he turned back to the kid -- a competitor from Germantown, Tenn. -- who had blood bubbling out of his mouth.
"He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad," said Goldstein. "I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn't asphyxiate."
"Honestly, I was in shock," she said. "But this guy was taking complete control. He was like, 'You -- call 911. You -- go get some ice.' He turned him on his side. I thought he was a parent or an EMT."
At this point, the victim was shaking, his body seizing again and again.
"This is normal," said Goldstein. "I've seen this before."
Note: Goldstein had actually never seen this before. But he didn't see the point in panicking. He was calm, reassuring everyone involved.
"He was awesome," said Chandler. "He was so competent and kind. When the boy started to come out of it he just kept saying, 'You're going to be OK. We're here. We're with you. You're going to be OK.' "
Only then did Chandler realize that Goldstein was another competitor.
"The EMTs looked at me kind of funny," Goldstein said. "They're like, 'You're racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race.' "
So that's what Goldstein did. All the other runners were long since done.
"Everyone was clapping for me, like I was the chunky kid who couldn't finish," he said. "They were all cheering and saying, 'You can do it!' I'm thinking, 'C'mon, man!' "
Goldstein's teammates had been wondering where he was.
They joined him for the last part of the race.
If you ask him, Goldstein will tell you it's the slowest race he's ever run. It's also his personal best.