It was a brutally hot day, and a junior at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, Meghan Vogel (17) was coming in last in the 3200-meter race at the 2012 Ohio State Track Meet. She had already won the 1600-meter (2 miles) race that day. As she ran the final lap she encountered another racer, Arlington High Schooler Arden McMath (16) who had collapsed under her uncooperative legs. As Arden attempted to get back up Meghan came from behind swooped her up and helped Arden to the finish line 30 meters away. Not only did she help Arden finish the race, she actually pushed her forward so that she finished 14th, instead of last.
It's not often that you see people putting others before themselves, especially those of such a young age. Meghan could have just let Arden sit there on the track, they were from competing high schools, after all. Or she could have helped the girl to the finish line but jumped in front to place 14th instead of last. But Meghan did what was right: helping someone in need. It's too bad more people don't do that, because bottom line, when we cross the 'finish line' of life we will ultimately be judged by our actions, how we have served others, not how many awards or medals we have won, or how much wealth and material things we have accumulated over a lifetime.
People are praising her for her good sportsmanship, but it's way more than that.
Good for you Meghan. You will be rewarded in many ways.