Would you give up the chance at winning a race
to help someone on another school’s team cross the finish line? That’s what Meghan Vogel of West-Liberty Salem
High School in Ohio did at a race last week, and she’s been seen on various
news outlets ever since.
When Vogel saw Arden McMath, a sophomore at
Arlington High School, fall to the track, she helped her up and supported her
until the pair reached the finish line, where Vogel let McMath cross the line
ahead of her.
The moment was caught onscreen for the entire
audience of the track meet to see, which allowed medical professionals to spot
and aid McMath quickly. It also provided footage of Vogel’s selfless act. By the official rules, Vogel would be
disqualified for aiding another runner, but officials were so moved by her
actions that both she and McMath remained in the race results (they finished 14th
and 15th place).
Throughout the publicity following the event,
Vogel has remained humble about her action. “I don’t consider myself a hero,” Vogel told ESPN
. “I just did what I knew was right and what I was
supposed to do.”
BY MEGHAN DEMARIA ON 6/11/2012 4:08:00 PM
POSTED IN sports, In the News, Get Inspired