NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A rising freshman at a Newport News high school died after collapsing at cross country practice Thursday.
Joy Meyer, 14, participated in the first official day of practice for the Menchville High School cross country team Thursday, Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com.
Joy finished the run at Noland Trail at the Mariner's Museum Park and said she was dizzy. Then she collapsed.
Price said paramedics were called and Joy was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to Price, Joy had a current physical on file and no medical conditions were noted. There were also two coaches and trainers present at the practice Thursday.
Many of those who knew Joy took to social media to express their sadness, including the middle school she just left, Gildersleeve Middle School in Newport News.
"The Gildersleeve Family is very saddened to learn of the loss of one of our students, Joy Meyer," the school posted on its Facebook page. "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."
Joy's coaches, Chris Chappell and Dennis Zollicoffer, released the following statement:
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