Last is First During This Race
We all know how competitive sports can be.
Everyone wants to be a winner especially when you are competing against your rival.
That’s what what the set up was in Ohio at a track meat between Meghan Vogel from West Liberty Salem and Arden McMath from Arlington High School.
Meghan, the 1600 meter state champion, she was the first girl to win the track title in more than 20 years.
This was Arden’s chance to beat the state champion!
But something happened during the race that changed both of these rivals lives.
As kind as this was, technically both runners should have been disqualified.
But, the official decided not to make that call. Neither runner scored any points, so team standings weren't affected.
Lots of people are proud of Meghan and some are not.
There are a lot of negative comments on the Internet and talk radio.
For what? Citicizing Meghan for a lack of competitiveness.
You see, after her victory, Meghan still had the 3200 meters to run, but her emotionally draining win had taken its toll.
She was just trying to finish the race when it happened.
"I was coming around the turn and I had probably 100 meters left and she was 50 meters in front of me and I saw her fall."
What Meghan did next not only lifted up another runner, but an entire stadium.
"I just didn't think twice about it. I knew I was going to pick her up and help her out. If you work to get to the state meet, you deserve to finish no matter who you are. I was going to make that happen for her no matter what."
The official results show that finished 14th in the 3200 meters. Meghan Vogel 15th.
But in reality they finished together.
After the race, the two shared something else.
"We actually ended up in the same training room together. In the bed side by side getting fluids and trying to get rehydrated."
Because sometimes it's not where you finish, but how you finish.
It perfectly sums up the girl who found victory while finishing last.
Meghan plans to stay in touch with Arden.
Meghan will be a senior next year. Arden a junior, so they'll be running again next year.