Runner Saves Competitor In Race

At the state track and field meet Saturday in Columbus, Meghan Vogel from West Liberty, Ohio helped carry a fellow competitor, Arden McMath, to the finish line in the 3,200-meter run.

Vogel, a junior, was in last place in the 3,200 as she entered the final turn at Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium.

With 100 meters to go, Vogel saw McMath ahead of her, and the first-time state qualifier was struggling.

When McMath hit the ground, Vogel decided against running past her and avoiding a last-place finish. She stopped, picked McMath up, put McMath’s arm around her shoulders and half-carried, half-dragged her the last 20 meters.

The stadium erupted at the display of sportsmanship.

Technically, both runners should have been disqualified, Ann (the coach) said, but the head referee said to make a no-call.

Neither runner scored points, so the result didn’t affect the team standings.

Vogel pushed McMath across the finish line, so McMath finished 14th in 12 minutes, 29.90 seconds and Vogel took last in 12:30.24.

Not long after the race, Vogel started feeling light-headed and was taken to the training room. She found herself in a bed next to Arden.

If you want to see the video of the 2 crossing the finish line check it out right here!


(Compiled from David Jablonski- Springfield News-Sun)


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