Sportsmanship captured the scene at the Division III State Track & Field meet on June 2nd.
Despite finishing last in the 3200m, West Liberty-Salem runner Meghan Vogel (pictured left) showed outstanding sportsmanship.
With about 30 meters remaining, Vogel saw Arlington sophomore Arden McMath collapse.
Vogel then helped McMath back to her feet and dragged her to the finish line, allowing the fallen runner to finish just ahead of her.
(Pictured right: Vogel helping McMath to the finish line)
Also at the state meet, Vogel claimed the state title in the DIII girl’s 1,600-meter race in a time of 4:58.31, which broke her school record.
On June 11th, Meghan was honored in West Liberty for her accomplishment and actions.
The event featured a parade(pictured left), an ice cream social, and guest speakers Congressman Jim Jordan and OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross.
Meghan received several acknowledgements. David Abraham, a Special Olympian from Las Vegas, was so inspired by Meghan's story that he sent her one of his gold medals. A scholarship has also been started in Vogel’s honor, West Liberty-Salem gave her a sportsmanship award, and the Elementary Mile Club provided her with a certificate. She was also given the Bellefontaine Examiner newspaper plate from the day the story ran.
Meghan talks about the state track meet and the support she has received.
Ann Vogel comments on Meghan's actions and the community's support. Ann is Meghan’s mother and coach.
On November 17th, Vogel received a National Sportsmanship Award presented by Maryville University.
Vogel was honored with the likes of Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rashawn King, Rob Nugent and Washington College, and John Mohrmann and Saint Louis Priory.
(Pictured left to right: Mark Lombardi, Maryville University President; Meghan Vogel; and Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee)
Meghan became only the second female athlete in school history to qualify for the state track meet in three events at the Division III Troy Regional on May 26th.
Vogel placed 2nd in the 1600m and 3rd in the 3200m.
She also qualified in the 4x800 relay with teammates Shawnda Henault, Jasmine Smith, and Alyssa Strickland.
Maria Newcomer qualified in the same three events in 1984.
In the Division III State Cross Country Meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron on November 3rd, Vogel placed 5th and earned All-Ohio honors for the second consecutive year. She was also named to the Academic All-Ohio team.
(Pictured left: Vogel running a cross country race)
Meghan won the regional cross country meet at Troy with a time of 18:48 on October 27th.
In the cross county Division III district meet in Clayton on October 20th, Vogel finished in first place capturing her second consecutive individual district title.
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Watch the parade for Meghan in West Liberty on June 11th.