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High school runner who carries opponent across finish line becomes internet hero

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High school runner who carries opponent across finish line becomes internet hero

What a legend – awesome woman. Meghan Vogel, a 17-year-old junior at West Liberty Salem High School in western Ohio, is now being praised for her sportsmanship, and has had to deal with an overwhelming response to the now-famous photograph. A high school runner competing in the 3200-metre race is receiving national attention, not for winning or a feat of athleticism, but for an extraordinary act of kindness after she helped a struggling competitor finish the race. At the state track and field meet Saturday in Columbus, Vogel helped carry a fellow competitor, Arlington sophomore Arden McMath, to the finish line in the 3,200-meter run.

Vogel, a junior, had won the 1,600 earlier in the day, surpassing her personal best by 10 seconds, and was in last place in the 3,200 as she entered the final turn at Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium. 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.  “I just told her, ‘Thank you,’ ” McMath said. “I just couldn’t believe she’d done that for me.

We’re all in it together as distance runners. Everyone is trying to do their best. It’s a lot harder on your body than a lot of the other races. We just try to help each other.” “She didn’t have a lot of time to think through it,” he said. “It’s apparently ingrained. It just showed what kind of character the young lady has.”

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