Colorado News Roundup: Student dies after cross country race in Broomfield (09.18.16)
September 18, 2016
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Students at Peak to Peak Charter School are mourning the death of a student who died after collapsing at a meet in Broomfield on Friday.
According to school officials, Brandon Ries was competing in the 5k race on Friday when he collapsed on the course. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, where he died.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Ries was co-captain of the team and a senior at the school.
School officials say counselors will be available to students at Peak to Peak on Monday.
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