Lending a helping hand was more satisfying than winning a state championship Saturday for Meghan Vogel.
The West Liberty-Salem High School junior was the surprise winner in the Division III girls 1,600 meters in the finals of the state track meet at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
She broke away from race favorite Tammy Berger of Versailles and Delainey Phelps of Toledo Christian with 300 meters to go. She won going away in 4:58.31. It was the first time she had broken the five-minute mark.
What Vogel did at the end of the D-III 3,200 meters, however, got her a standing ovation.
Within 20 feet of the finish line, Arden McMath, a sophomore from Arlington High School, collapsed in front of Vogel. Rather than run by her, Vogel helped McMath to her feet and helped her across the finish line.
The crowd came to its feet with the roar growing louder with each step.
Please excuse me. I’ve got something in my eye…