Head Coach Ryan Orner
April 17, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Xavier cross country and track and field team will inherit a new team member this coming fall in Meghan Vogel. Vogel, a native from West Liberty-Salem, Ohio, is transferring from Penn State University as a red-shirt freshman. At her time of transfer, she will be eligible for four full seasons of cross country and outdoor track and field and three years of indoor track and field.
At West Liberty-Salem High School, Vogel was able to compile an impressive resume of wins and finishes throughout her career in cross country and track and field, including winning the 1600m at the Ohio State Track and Field Championship with a time of 4:58.31 as a junior in 2012. Vogel's personal best times are 2:13 in the 800m, 4:58 in the 1600m and 18:24 in the 5K.
Although Vogel is known for her athletic achievements, she gained national attention as a junior after the 3200m race at states in 2012. During the race, a fellow competitor ahead of Vogel began to slow down and soon collapsed, unable to stand or move forward. Instead of passing the struggling runner, Vogel stopped, helped her fellow competitor up to her feet, put the girls arm around her shoulder and proceeded to the finish line, even making sure the girl finished ahead of her. This act soon spread throughout the country with ESPN and other news outlets showing her act of selflessness and even earned Vogel the National Sportsmen of the Year award.
"Obviously I was very excited to learn that Meghan Vogel had decided to transfer to Xavier from Penn State," said Head Coach Ryan Orner. "Not only because Meghan is a successful and talented athlete but more importantly because of her character. When I met with Meghan I was very impressed by her poise, emotional intelligence and passion for track & field. Meghan comes from a wonderful high school program where she was coached by her mother, Ann Vogel to an Ohio State Championship in the 1600 and several other top finishes at the Ohio State Cross Country Championship."
Coach Orner went on to say, "Although Meghan will be coming in as a red shirt freshman, my goals for her will be set very high. I expect Meghan to consistently be in our top five during the cross country season as well as score in the BIG EAST Track Championship in the middle distance events. Additionally, I think Meghan can be an NCAA qualifier both in cross country and on the track. Meghan also has the potential to be an All-American during her time at Xavier. Overall, Meghan's character and leadership skills we be a great addition to our team over the next four years."
Vogel is set to become a Musketeer this fall as the team begins its cross country season.