High school runner Meghan Vogel helps carry injured opponent across finish line (Video)

There was some outstanding sportsmanship displayed at the Ohio state track meet last Saturday.

Meghan Vogel, a junior at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, won the state’s Division III 1,600 meter race, but she gained more attention for a race in which she finished last.

Vogel was running the 3,200 meter race and about 50 meters from the finish line when she saw Arden McMath, a sophomore from Arlington High School, collapse. Instead of passing her, Vogel stopped to carry her competitor across the finish line.

Race rules say Vogel should have been automatically disqualified for helping another runner, but the Springfield News-Sun says meet management took no action. They gave McMath 14th place and a finishing time of 12:29.90, and Vogel 15th in 12:30.24. Vogel made sure McMath crossed the finish line first because she had been ahead of her.

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

“What a selfless act,” said Arlington coach Paul Hunter. “She could have just gone around Arden. But she chose to help. I’ve never seen that at a state meet. That’s real sportsmanship.”

We’ve seen other outstanding acts of sportsmanship in track and cross country before, and this ranks right up there. It’s great to have a heartwarming story like this to balance out all the negative ones we see in high school athletics.

Well done Meghan, well done.

H/T Richard Deitsch

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  • Anonymous

    that’s what it’s all about, or at least, that’s what it should be about, SPORTSMANSHIP!!

  • Anonymous

    sometime we need to carry, sometimes we need carried

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Forest-Cooper/622718200 Forest Cooper

    This was not good sportsmanship.  This was a contest to find the best performers.  While we can all be sympathetic to Arden, it does not help her to give assistance during a race, unless it would help prevent serious injury.  We can admire Meghans heart but not during the race.  If we applaud her for this action then we should have the competitors help all slow runners, then disabled people across the finish line so there are no winners or losers.  Competition is basic in humans and it serves us to improve ourselves when we fall short.  I wish Arden will continue to work and get better and have legitimate success.  That will help her a thousand times more than the unfair but feel good help she got here.

  • Eric Ford

    This is a wonderful story about what’s high school sports is suppose to be about. Meghan done something that any sportsman, coach, or parent can relate too, her act provides why it’s so important to have sports in our schools and why we should fight for it support and continued existence in our schools.

    Other athletes can surely relate to what Meghan done and why she did it. Every competitor in that race knew the hard work and training they endured to get them there. Good Sportsmanship is a major focus of sports at this level along with winning, heart, and accepting lost with good sportsmanship.  

    We all know the young ladies lost the race, but the main goal for all of them is to complete their race to the finish. These young athletes will meet again in a future race and the situation will be different but today they completed a race together as true athletes.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312010918 Mike Bailey

    I don’t know where you learned what sportsmanship is but not only did you not understand it, you also show a lack of understanding in basic humanity as well. With parents and even coaches pushing and pushing for their kids to win, win, win at all costs, this student showed that “winning” doesn’t always mean finishing first. Trust me when I tell you this, every competitor in that race will remember that race more than any race they ever run and so will everyone who witnessed it.

  • Anonymous

     Arden made it to state,which means she has had great success.Maybe she was sick or hurt -I don’t know and neither do you. Have you ever been helped in your lifetime? Did it keep you from success?High school athletes have become so self centered.This is a great story of two athletes with great heart!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597968078 Daniel Comfort Sr

    That was great sportsmanship she had just won the 1600 I applaud her for her kind ness but i think your a idot why dont you try running that far instead of sitting behind a desk

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lainey-Brennan/1197984279 Lainey Brennan

     “I wish Arden will continue to work and get better and have legitimate success. ”  Seriously did you READ the story?  Arden made it to the States, she has legitimate success you bonehead

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4RKIZWNDAZALUEGXJUL4Y2MCA4 MEL


  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.ludlow.3 Charlie Ludlow

     You, sir, are exactly what is WRONG with the world today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.chandler3 Eugene Chandler

    She is not only a state champion athlete, but a personal and inspiring champion in life! Congratulations to such a fine outstanding young woman who represents all the qualities of  what every human in the world could use to help improve and eliminate all the ( Only for me ) attitudes that are dominant in societies worldwide. Thinking of others regardless of the cost to yourself would be the greatest act of sportsmanship anyone can provide throughout life. Outstanding, young lady; you are always #1 in my book!

  • Robert Brown

    You so miss the point , and that is a real shame. Good luck in your life !!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everybody except the one idiot post. I am a die hard sports fan and played competitive sports as well. This story made my day! In a day and age when it is all about me, me, me and how much trash talking you can do I loved seeing this. The girl needs to be idolized. Although it was such a simple and spur of the moment act it will get and should get huge coverage. I can almost guarantee she will be embarrassed by all the attention and just want to go on being herself. These are the everyday simple acts that make up heroes of a community and country, bravo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQEARMWXYKB4FDBYUI6WU5I6JQ Rabor

    You have an ignorant point of view Mr Cooper, it all about HELP, not about winning. For a person who have different values in life like you doesn’t see the humanitarian act here. For your comment i can see your selfishness and negative way to see positive things in life. Meghan Vogel you are a winner!

  • Anonymous

    LOL did you see Forest Coopers profile? A nerd. Never played a sport in his life! I played soccer and all sports since I was 6 including professional triple A (3 years soccer). Forest what your college Liberal professors didn’t tell you was as athletes we have a bond you don’t understand. A real Human and athlete did that selfless act.
    Tell your X-wife you are sorry and see if her athletic shackup will leave the home you bought LMFAO. This young lady made my day as an athlete. You made my day as a liberal showing why we have no need for your kind anymore… 

  • Anonymous

    Oh Megadittos as well

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/253R5AW4PPIZ4ADOQIPJCESEYM El Padrote

    She was in last place and thought that it was better to finish last “with sportsmanship” rather than finishing 2nd to last by default. Pretty good copout if you ask me.

  • Anonymous

    I bet you are down with the Tea Party too…

  • Kathleen Provitola

    Mr. Cooper,

       You are the epitomy of what is so wrong in the world today…..

  • http://twitter.com/MaliceKay ToesInTheSand

    Gee Forest…I guess you missed that day in grade school when the gym teacher/coach said “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts”? Did you have one of those parents who screams & yells at you while you are playing t-ball or soccer? “WIN WIN WIN! AT ALL COSTS!” You, my dear, are a true LOSER in life with that attitude. As we say in the South: Bless your heart.

  • Anonymous

    I think we are all being a little too hard on Mr. Cooper. I understand what he is saying and I dont think he is all wrong.  This is a good display of sportsmanship but some might think that it takes away from the will to win because of your preperation over others. There is more than one way to see this story. We shouldnt condemn someone for having another point of view.

  • Ben Rife

    There is video posted at the link below that shows McMath falling and Vogel running up to help. It also has a post race interview with Vogel.http://wosn.mediacore.tv/media/runner-helps-runner-finish

  • Anonymous

    If they were paid athletes completely agree, failure to prepare is like preparing to fail. U don’t train you lose. These were young highschool ladies. It was amazing to see her heart and love of others. There is not even another possible side to this if you are a proud parent.

  • Anonymous

    Lady High School players are of a differing breed.  In soccer also I’ve seen this. http://youtu.be/hEka89M18cQ