Athlete injured during throws competition

The student-athlete is in stable condition after being transported to the hospital Friday

Published by Joe Wells and Tyler Howe, Date: April 10, 2022
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A student-athlete from Slippery Rock University is in stable condition after being injured during a throwing competition Friday evening.

The student was taken to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Jon Holtz, director of athletic communication at SRU. The student is expected to make a full recovery, Holtz said.

The event was co-hosted by SRU and Westminster College as part of the Westminster College Track and Field Invitational.

While the main event took place Saturday in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, SRU hosted the hammer and javelin throws Friday. In their email to The Rocket, the university did not clarify what event was taking place when the student was injured.

The incident during Friday’s track and field meet was the start of a weekend that saw other students injured in accidents on- and off-campus, all within 24 hours. This prompted the university to release a statement to the campus community Saturday.

Those incidents included a vehicle accident at the Lower Stadium Lot and a student falling from a balcony at The Grove apartment complex.

The university is asking students who may be impacted by the weekend events to reach out to the Student Support team through a Care Referral or contact the SRU Counseling Center at 724.738.2034.

Regarding the track and field accident, Holtz thanked all those who helped provide care.

“We’re thankful for the expedient and professional care provided by local emergency responders and applaud the response by the SRU coaching staff and medical professionals that were on-site,” Holtz said.

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