After years of the ‘Florida Or Ohio?’ game making criminals and ridiculous people easy to geographically identify, it looks like the people of Ohio are getting it together — on the heels of the most inspiring Ohio elementary school field day of all time comes the story of West Liberty-Salem High junior Meghan Vogel, a state champion in the 1,600 meters who turned her burned-out 3,200 meters performance into the best acts of sportsmanship you’re likely to see.
Vogel was last, the 15th runner on the track, with about 200 meters to go when she noticed the runner directly in front of her, Arden McMath of Arlington, was struggling.
McMath, a sophomore, fell to the track, got up and began to fall again when Vogel picked her up and carried McMath across the finish line, making sure to keep McMath ahead of her.
“I don’t really remember much about it,” Vogel said. “It was kind of a blur. I just remember picking her up and trying not to injure her as I crossed the line. She deserved to be in front of me.” (via USA Today)
Video of the finish is below. Keep it up, Ohio.
The only sad part of the story is that Arden never recovered from her last name being “McMath”.
[h/t to Prep Rally, photo via Mike Ullery, AP]