Vogel“It’s strange to have people telling me that this was such a powerful act of kindness and using words like ‘humanity.’  When I hear words like that, I think of Harriet Tubman and saving peoples’ lives.  I don’t consider myself a hero.  I just did what I knew was right and what I was supposed to do.”  These are the words of Meghan Vogel, a senior runner for Salem High School in West Liberty, Ohio.  As a junior, Meghan competed in the 3,200-meter finals at the Ohio state meet last May.  With 20 meters left, Arden McMath, a sophomore from Arlington High School, collapsed in front of Meghan.  Instead of running past her fallen opponent, Meghan lifted Arden up and carried her across the finish line.  Meghan even went a step further and positioned Arden so she would cross the line ahead of her, since Arden was in front before falling.  Video of Meghan’s act of sportsmanship went viral and spread quickly throughout the country.  But Meghan didn’t think what she did should garner any special attention.  “Any girl on the track would have done the same for me,” she said.  Meet officials followed her example of selflessness and compassion.  Although track and field rules dictate a runner is automatically disqualified for helping another competitor, they decided to let the results stand.  Arden placed 14th and Meghan 15th.  Earlier in the day, Meghan won the state title in the 1,600-meter race.  In two eventful races, she proved herself to be a champion of sport and a champion of character.