High School Runner Stops to Help Fallen Competitor at State Track Finals (Video)

meghan vogel helps competitor across finish lineMaybe it’s time we stop holding pro athletes up as role models and start looking to high school athletes for inspiration.

Well, maybe not high school lacrosse players, with their all-out WWE-style brawls. But perhaps high school track athletes will work. Or at least this girl from Ohio’s West Liberty-Salem High School named Meghan Vogel.

Why? Well, over the weekend at the Ohio state Division III high school track finals in Columbus, Meghan was competing in the 3200 meter finals when, about 50 meters from the finish line, she stopped to help a fallen competitor finish the race.

Was Meghan in contention for a podium finish? No. She had already won the 1600 meter race earlier that day and her legs were like jelly, so she was running dead last at the time. Still, she could have passed Arlington High School sophomore Arden McMath when she saw her collapsed on the track in front of her. It would have saved her the ignominy of finishing dead last. Instead, Vogel got McMath up on her feet an helped her get to the finish line.

And here’s the best part: at the very end, Vogel made sure McMath crossed the finish line first.

Now, in case you’re wondering, official rules state that Vogel should have been disqualified for helping McMath, because that would be considered interfering with another runner. But the officials in charge of the meet weren’t born yesterday, and knew they’d be vilified if they disqualified Vogel. So no action was taken, and the official results have McMath in 14th place with a time of 12:29.90 and Vogel in 15th place with a time of 12:30.24.

meghan vogel helps arden mcmath cross finish line

Classy stuff all around.

Hat Tip – [Larry Brown Sports]

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