An 18-year-old athlete has died after collapsing during track practice at his school in Nebraska.
Hunter Palmer was a student at Wisner-Pilger High School. He collapsed Friday and died later at a nearby hospital. The cause of death has not been revealed.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we can confirm that Hunter Palmer, senior at Wisner-Pilger Schools, has died,” a school district statement read.
The multitalented student also played basketball and was an all-district running back in football, the Omaha World-Herald reported Monday. Palmer had signed with Midland University for football.
“Heaven gained a great young man,” Midland coach Jeff Jamrog said in a tribute on Twitter.
“Our hearts are heavy and we are all suffering with the pain of the loss of Hunter Palmer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Palmer family, friends, and the Wisner-Pilger community. Our staff really enjoyed recruiting Hunter. He was a dynamic young man who was an absolute pleasure to be around,” the statement continued.
“Hunter was someone so special and will never be forgotten. Hunter is gone way too soon. May you rest in eternal peace Hunter. We miss you already.”
A day before his death, Palmer competed at a meet and cleared his personal best in the high jump, winning the event. He also participated in a relay race, with his team coming in second.
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