UCSD Pole Vaulter Dies After Missing Landing Pad
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office says 19-year-old Leon Roach landed head first on concrete during a training jump Saturday.
Roach immediately became unresponsive, according to the coroner's report.
He was pronounced brain dead at a hospital. An autopsy is pending.
A school spokeswoman issued a statement about the accident, but wouldn't release any details, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
"A tragic accident involving one of our talented scholar athletes occurred on campus during a track and field workout yesterday," the statement read. "Words cannot begin to express our sorrow. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this remarkable student."
A memorial service will be held this week in Huntington Beach, where Roach graduated from Marina High School.
Information from the Associated Press and the San Diego Union-Tribune was used in this report.