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Vogel’s good deed headlines year’s top local sports stories

Meghan Vogel captured a state championship in the 2012 state track and field meet, but it was a last-place finish later in the day that makes her a runaway pick for the top local sports story of the last year.

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 Meghan Vogel stopped near the end of the 3,200-meter state final June 2 to help Arlington’s Arden McMath finish the race in  Columbus. McMath collapsed because of exhaustion with 100 meters remaining in the race.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM HOFFMAN)

Vogel won the Division III 1,600-meter run last June in Columbus to become the first West Liberty-Salem female athlete to capture a state title since 1984.

But her act of sportsmanship in the 3,200 made the biggest waves. As she approached the finish line, Arden McMath of Arlington collapsed in front of Vogel on the track. Instead of scooting past McMath, Vogel picked up the fallen runner and helped her across the line.

As a result, Vogel became an instant sensation both locally and nationally. She was featured on several national television programs and was honored at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

In September, she traveled to Colorado to receive the United States Olympic Committee’s Jack Kelly Fair Play Award. During the ceremony, she was presented the honor by Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

While no other local sports event received the type of attention Vogel garnered in 2012, there were many other key moments over the last 12 months. The following is a look at the best of the rest.

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