- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A high school freshman has died after collapsing at his region’s track and field championships.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://bit.ly/22kKgGQ) Monroe Catholic High School freshman Joseph Balko had just finished his 3,200-meter run Friday when he appeared to lose consciousness.

He died Saturday.

Details of what caused his death were not available.

Emergency responders arrived at the track and took over CPR. Paramedics also gave Balko a breathing treatment and used a defibrillator.

Balko was taken to the hospital and officials suspended the meet until Saturday morning.

Students observed a moment of silence after Balko’s death was announced.

Monroe’s high school track and field coach Chad Comeau said he’s heard of kids falling down at the finish line, but that it hits home when it’s one of your own.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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