|Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call|
The real story here is Meghan Vogel, a runner from West-Liberty Salem High School who was competing in the Ohio state track meet. She won the Division III State Championship in the 1600 meters, with her first sub-5 minute time. Congratulations, Meghan! That is an awesome accomplishment.
As is frequently the case, Meghan had another race scheduled thirty minutes after the race she won. The 3200 meters. Sometimes this works well (think Babe Didrickson Zaharias); most often it does not. Meghan struggled through the whole race, and near the end, saw a girl in front of her fall several times. Knowing from her years of cross country experience that the girl's race would not count if an official helped her, Ms. Vogel hoisted the girl up, dragged her to the finish, and then pushed her across the line first, since the girl had been ahead of her most of the race.
This is exactly the sort of behavior we hope to instill in our athletes as good sportsmanship. As Ms. Vogel says, perhaps we are all making too much of this one act, however heart warming and inspiring it may be.
An extremely UNHELPFUL view of this act was delivered by Mr.Limbaugh and can be found here: Does Meghan Vogel Story, Who Stopped To Help A Fallen Runner, Suggest We Are In A Decline Of Hard Manliness?
Well. I think that running one mile in under five minutes, and then running most of two miles is pretty hard. "Manly" doesn't really strike me as a complimentary word. War is 'manly'. Not showing emotion is 'manly'. So is poor hygiene, shooting animals for sport, and apparently, liking Mr. Limbaugh's politics.
I can only hope that we are heading toward a culture that supports hard WOMANLINESS. 'Cause baby, that's a whole lot harder than hard manliness. You have to accomplish even more, but do it in a kindly and compassionate fashion. Plus, you probably have to clean up the mess afterwards, because it has to be done.
I'll be out running at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, if Mr. Limbaugh wants to join me. And I'm sure that Ms. Vogel would welcome him to training with her team as well. Perhaps he could learn some valuable lessons about what makes winners.