16-Year-Old Texas High School Student Collapses and Dies Suddenly at Cross-Country Meet

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A 16-year-old Texas sophomore collapsed and died suddenly after participating in a cross country meet for his high school.

Angel Hernandez, a sophomore at Chisholm Trail High School in Texas, had just finished in first place in a three-mile race. However, he collapsed shortly after crossing the finish line on October 13th. Despite being rushed to the hospital, he did not survive.

His cause of death is under investigation.

From CBS News:

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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSNewsTexas.com) — One North Texas community is mourning the loss of a teenage runner who died after competing in a cross country meet last week.

Sixteen-year-old Angel Hernandez died Friday, Oct. 13 after finishing first in a three-mile race at the district cross country meet, according to The Cinco Peso Press, Chisholm Trail High School’s newspaper. He reportedly collapsed after crossing the finish line and was subsequently taken to a local hospital where he passed away.

Hernandez was a sophomore at the high school, which is part of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. On Friday, he was voted “Athlete of the Week,” of which head cross country coach Joseph Gifford shared his condolences.

Angel’s coach, Joseph Gifford, shared his thoughts on Angel, saying, “He worked hard and was an amazing teammate. Words cannot express our feelings for him and his family. Thank you, Angel, for all your hard work and determination. You will be extremely missed.”

Hernandez had an extensive background in martial arts, with a particular focus on Karate.

A GoFundMe page was created to assist with the medical and funeral expenses.

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