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Track: Ohio distance runner inspires with act of compassion

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on June 5, 2012 at 11:04 am with No Comments »
June 5, 2012 11:04 am

The world is a better place because of people like Meghan Vogel of West Liberty, Ohio.

A junior distance runner at West Liberty-Salem High School, Vogel was near the end of the Division III state final 3,200-meter race when competitor Arden McMath collapsed in front of her. Rather than run past McMath, Vogel, who won the 1,600 earlier in the day, lifted the sophomore up off the track and helped her to the finish line.

Here’s video of the inspiring finish:

Vogel’s act of compassion reminds me of what happened at Star Track in 2008 when Bellarmine Prep’s Nicole Cochrane was erroneously disqualified from the 3,200 and when two Central Washington University softball players carried an injured opponent around the bases after she hit a home run.

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