Watch: Runner carries hurt rival to finish line

Meghan Vogel helps Arden McMath to the finish line.
The News Herald

(CBS News) Meghan Vogel was quite emotional after her surprising win in the 1,600 meters finals of the Division III state track meet at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Stadium.

But the junior from West Liberty-Salem High School saved her most inspiring performance for when she finished in last place in another event.

As the Springfield News-Sun reported, Vogel was competing in the 3,200-meters final when cramps knocked rival Arden McMath to the ground just 20 feet from the finish line. Instead of running by her, Vogel stopped and helped the Arlington High School sophomore to her feet, then practically carried her to the finish. Out of 15 racers, McMath was given 14th place and Vogel 15th place.

As you can see in the video, the crowd gave a rousing ovation to the athletes as they crossed the finish line together.

"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," Arlington coach Paul Hunter told the newspaper. "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."

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