Track Runner Carries Competitor Across the Line at the State Meet

>> Monday, June 25, 2012

I stumbled across a Buzzfeed article called "21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity." It's a quick article that's full of sometimes funny / sometimes cute / sometimes touching photos. Click that link to check it out. (As a liberal Catholic, I love #1!)

Number 6 on the list was this:

6. The moment in which this Ohio athlete stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line during a track meet.

17-year-old Meghan Vogel was in last place in the 3,200-meter run when she caught up to competitor Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of running past her to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel put McMath's arm around her shoulders, carried her 30 meters, and then pushed her over the finish line before crossing it.

I didn't know if it was fully true... I've learned not to trust everything on the internet. The hard way.

Anyway, I searched YouTube, and found this:

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It turns out that Meghan was gassed and not doing well in the 3200 because she had just WON STATE in the 1600. And then she stopped to help another athlete to the finish instead of passing her.

Hell. Yeah.

I love stuff like this. Great work, Meghan!

Oh, and there's even a Huffington Post article about her good deed.


Joe Sherry 6:20 AM, June 25, 2012  

As I understand the story (and this wasn't touched on in the HuffPo article), the reason they weren't disqualified (as technically they should have been) is that they were in last and next to last place and that no change of placing occurred. Otherwise, the race officials may have slapped them with a DQ.

But, happily, officials made a judgment call that rewarded Vogel's sportsmanship.

CautiouslyAudacious 8:55 AM, June 25, 2012  

Love it! Glad they weren't DQd!

SteveQ 10:18 AM, June 25, 2012  

I've seen this happen - and it's not really uncommon, just not usually documented - it's one of the things I love about the sport. In the early days of the Marine Corp Marathon, there was a 100% guarantee of finish, because marines would carry you to the end if you couldn't make it [not logistically possible any more, which is one of the things I hate about the sport].

TriEric 1:16 PM, June 25, 2012  

You shouldn't be surprised by this Steve. You already know a couple of awesome athletes from Ohio. ; )

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