Meghan Vogel of West Liberty-Salem High in Ohio had a good day on the track. She finished first in the 1,600 meter race at the state championship, according to the Columbus Dispatch, but was exhausted before starting the next race.
During the 3,200-meter run, Vogel fell into last place. She watched as her competitor, Arden McMath, fell twice, she told the paper.
Vogel could have left McMath struggling behind her. But after McMath fell a third time, Vogel wrapped McMath’s arm around her and pulled her to the finish line.
Moment by moment, the Columbus Dispatch captured the act in photos. The pain is clear on McMath’s face.
As the two runners made it to the finish line, Vogel pushed McMath ahead of her, ensuring she crossed first.
Vogel’s act of kindness has gone viral. She tells the Dispatch she is surprised by the reaction, like this one from the comments section of YouTube.
“It's not every day we have an opportunity to say thank you to someone who has a bit of humility and humanity to do what she did, so, even though I'm a few thousand miles away, thank you for providing a glimpse of kindness towards another person who was struggling and needed a helping hand,” YouTube user osioda posted.