Last Place Track Star is a Winner

Staff Writer
A high school runner's inspiring, selfless act

Ohio track star Meghan Vogel showed last weekend that there's more to being a champion than winning first place.

After the high school junior clinched the 1,600-meter state title at Saturday's Track & Field Championships, she was running last in the 3,200-meter race. As she rounded the last turn, up ahead of Vogel, competitor Arden McMath fell—just short of the finish line. So, in an act that she found less-than-extraordinary, Vogel stopped, helped McMath up, put the struggling girl’s arm around her shoulder and carried her the final 20 meters across the finish line—making sure to put McMath across the finish line before herself.  

"I didn’t think twice about it…If you work to get to the state meet, you deserve to finish, no matter who you are. I was going to make that happen for her, no matter what," Vogel told WDTN News.

“Distance runners have this camaraderie that they build running against each other…you have a relationship with them and become a family,” she added.

See it here, and be inspired:


Via The Associated Press.