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Pole Vaulting Practice Ends In Fatal Tragedy At UCSD

by: JamieD On  Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pole Vaulting Practice Ends In Fatal Tragedy At UCSDTotal Pro Sports – It was supposed to be a typical day for Leon Roach.  As one of the country’s top young pole vaulters, he was practicing at the University of California, San Diego’s La Jolla campus performing a swinging rope drill when tragedy struck.

Roach overshot the landing pad and fell head first on the concrete.  He was immediately unresponsive and was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where he was pronounced brain dead shortly after.

At 19 years of age, Roach was a rising star in the sport.  His father and brother were also pole vaulters and say that Leon had attracted the attention of several of the country’s top coaches.  A school spokesperson issued a statement regarding the accident, but has not yet released any further details.

“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.” [Fanhouse]

This is a sad reminder that while sports can bring joy to the lives of many, its outcomes are not always pleasant.  Tragedy can strike at the most unexpected times, shocking those involved.  This is one of those cases, but it should provide the Roach family with some comfort knowing that Leon died doing what he truly loved.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were close to Leon and have been affected by this tragic loss.

Hat Tip – [Fanhouse]





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