Student Athlete Dies After Track Practice
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FERNDALE (WWJ/AP) - A 16-year-old Ferndale High School student has died after collapsing after track practice.
Mario Campbell, a junior, collapsed in a hallway immediately following an indoor practice.
“They took him to the hospital and he was pronounced dead at the hospital,” school principal Lisa Williams said. “His coaches were there and they responded immedaitly … and that’s all we know at this point.”
The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office says the cause of death is pending. They were awaiting toxicology reports Friday.
“Mario was a wonderful student, enthusiastic learner, team player and dedicated friend,” said Williams. ”He always had a smile on his face and a good word to share. We will cherish his memory forever.”
Athletic director Shaun Butler said the teen had been working to become a top hurdler. “This young man was a hard working, dedicated and determined student athlete. He made dramatic improvements in his 400 time last year, and had set his goal to be the top hurdler this season,” said Butler. “Mario was quiet, positive, well liked and respected. We will really miss him.”
Grief counselors and social workers were in the school Friday morning.
“We’ve seen students dealing with the shock of it, sadness, confusion – and some of the kids were even angry in terms of, you know, his death,” Williams said.
A moment of silence was observed during the first hour of school on Friday.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Autopsy results Sunday were inconclusive: The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to determine the cause of Campbell’s death and says it’s awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
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