If only our professional athletes could exhibit the sort of integrity and sportsmanship that seems to come naturally to certain youngsters.

Meghan Vogel, a junior at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, rose to prominence this week when video of her selflessly helping out an opponent during a track event went viral. Despite the fact that she had the finish line in her sight only 20 feet away, Vogel opted to stop short of the end mark, turn around, and go back to help a girl from another high school named Arden McMath who had collapsed behind her. McMath and Vogel finished 14th and 15th respectively. Ohio state rules say both runners should have been disqualified -- but neither competitor was.

Check it out:

(via Larry Brown Sports)

(via Springfield News-Sun)

“What a selfless act,” said Arlington coach Paul Hunter. “She could have just gone around Arden. But she chose to help. I’ve never seen that at a state meet. That’s real sportsmanship.”

(Kudos LBS, Springfield News-Sun)

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