Meghan Vogel became the new media darling. During the 3,200-meter race at the high school state track meet in Ohio, competitor Arden McMath fell multiple times Saturday because of leg cramps in the final 50 meters. But Vogel — who an hour earlier finished first in the Division III 1,600-meter run — lifted her and dragged her to the finish line.
Vogel had been in last place when she saw the sophomore fall on the track, and she made sure they finished the race in the same positions. The moment was caught on tape and has since gone viral in the press.
“What a selfless act,” Paul Hunter, McMath’s coach at Arlington High School, told the Springfield News-Sun. “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.”