Newport News student dies at track practice

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 6:39 PM

NEWPORT NEWS - A 14-year-old Newport News student died after collapsing at track practice.  

Joy Meyer was participating in the first day of cross country track team practice at Menchville High School, spokeswoman Michelle Price confirmed.

At the end of the run at Noland trail at the Mariners' Museum Park, Joy started feeling dizzy and she collapsed.  Paramedics took the teen to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Price stated two coaches were present at the practice.

She also said Meyer had no medical conditions listed in her school file.

"Before any student can try out for a sport, they are required to have a physical,” Price explained.

Meyer just graduated from Gildersleeve Middle School and school leaders posted their condolences on the school's Facebook page.

“The Gildersleeve Family is very saddened to learn of the loss of one of our students, Joy Meyer. Joy was a rising 9th grader, preparing to begin her first year at Menchville High School. Please keep her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her in your thoughts and prayers. Information regarding her final arrangements will be posted as soon as received.”

The cross country track coaches, Chris Chappell and Dennis Zollicoffer, also prepared a statement in honor of Joy.

“Joy Meyer was a young lady that truly embodied her name. She was joyful. She always had a smile on her face. She was a great encouragement to her team. Joy was a very hard worker and dedicated to her sport. We will miss her and the joy she brought to our team."

There's also a Facebook page to honor her - RIP Joy Meyer We Love You.

Joy's friends making t-shirts in her memory that have her picture and read "Find Joy in the Ordinary."  It's a message they hope will inspire everyone.

"I am confident the practice was done according to state guidelines to ensure the young lady's health and well being," Price said.

Price said the run was 5 miles and coaches did make sure students drank water. Meyer was cleared by a doctor to join the team.

Price said the school will not investigate the death because no wrong doing is suspected.

 

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