WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) -- A western Ohio high school runner is being praised for her sportsmanship after helping a struggling competitor finish their race at the state track meet.
Meghan Vogel of West Liberty-Salem High School had won an earlier race but was in last place in the 3,200-meter run Saturday as she caught up to Arlington sophomore Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of zipping past McMath to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel decided to help. She put McMath's arm around her shoulders, dragged her the final 20 meters and pushed her competitor over the finish line before crossing it.
Vogel tells the Springfield News-Sun she's humbled by the supportive messages she's since received from friends and strangers.
Vogel says she believes other distance runners would've done the same thing.
© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.