Students and educators at Ferndale High School are mourning a 16-year-old junior who died after collapsing Thursday at track practice.
Mario Campbell collapsed at indoor practice at the school at 4:23 p.m., and was pronounced dead after he was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Grief counselors and social workers were at the school this morning.
“Mario was a wonderful student, enthusiastic learner, team player and dedicated friend,” Ferndale High School principal Lisa Williams said in a release issued today by the school. “He always had a smile on his face and a good word to share. We will cherish his memory forever.”
Campbell, of Royal Oak, specialized in the hurdles and 400-yard dash, said school spokeswoman Stephanie Hall. The school’s athletic director, Shaun Butler, said that Mario was working to become a top hurdler this year.
“This young man was a hard working, dedicated and determined student athlete,” Butler said. “Mario was quiet, positive, well liked and respected. We will really miss him. ”
The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to conduct an autopsy today to try to determine the cause of death, a spokesman for the office said.
Staff Writer Lori Higgins contributed to this story