June 06, 2012

Ohio runner in high school state finals stops to aid opponent in crossing finish line (Video)

There are moments in the world of sports where I like to let the videos do the talking. The below clip is from an Ohio Division III high school track and field meet held last Saturday.

The eventual winner of the 1,600-meter state title, West Liberty-Salem high junior Meghan Vogel did a rather selfless act by slowing down to help a runner behind her finish the 3,200-meter race.

Watch as she helps Arlington high sophomore Arden McMath across the finish the line after she had collapsed near it:

Here are quotes from both of the runners after this aspiring finish:
I was kind of blacking out," McMath told the Daily News. "I wasn't too aware of my surroundings. I was just trying to keep going. When my body gave out, she was there. It was amazing.

"I just told her, 'Thank you.' I just couldn't believe she'd done that for me. We're all in it together as distance runners. Everyone is trying to do their best. It's a lot harder on your body than a lot of the other races. We just try to help each other," said McMath.

Helping her across the finish line was a lot more satisfying than winning the state championship," Vogel told the News-Sun.

By Ben Chew with 1 comment


This young lady is all class and I commend the officials for bending the rules a bit and not disqualifing the runners. We have seen so much stupidity by schools and officials it is refreshing to see a change of heart in them for the kindness this young lady showed

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