incredible story of a high school inspiration.
A high school junior and humble hero, Meghan Vogel displayed a simple, selfless act of kindness that we could all stand to benefit from in our daily lives.
Vogel is on her high school’s track team at West Liberty-Salem High School (West Liberty, Ohio). She won the 1,600-meter title at the Division III Girls State meet at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus in 2012.
Later that day, in the 3,200 meter race, Vogel received a standing ovation for a different reason.
Vogel was meters from finishing the race when suddenly the competitor in front of her, who she’d never met, Arden McMath, fell to the ground. McMath collapsed due to heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Vogel immediately stopped running to help her opponent to her feet and to finish the race, all the while keeping McMath in front of herself, so she wouldn’t come in last place because of her fall. McMath finished the race in 14th place, Vogel finished 15th, last place.
Vogel was quoted saying, “If you work to get to the state meet, you deserve to finish no matter who you are. I was going to make that happen for her no matter what.”
Vogel has received an increasing amount of national media attention for an act she said was a natural reaction to the circumstances.