A teenager at San Jose’s Leland High fell following a pre-track and field practice workout and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, sending his school’s larger community reeling.
As reported by the San Jose Mercury News and NBC Bay Area, 16-year-old football player and discus thrower Tristan Nguyen collapsed while taking part in the team’s traditional warmup laps on Monday night. Leland assistant track and field coach Dan Lloyd immediately rushed to Nguyen’s side, but his chest compressions couldn’t help save Nguyen; he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital hours later.
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“The first thing that jumps to my mind was I think was his freshman year, a picture that I don’t think is up anymore but was on his Facebook, a picture of him in all his practice gear, head to toe, full uniform, holding his helmet,” Nguyen’s football coach, Jake Shaughnessy told the Mercury News. “I think he was so proud to be playing football. That is the first thing I always think of– a 14-year-old kid with a big, cheesy grin; welcome to high school.”
According to NBC Bay Area, Nguyen had a history of problems with asthma, though it has yet to be determined if that played any role in his death. Whatever the cause, Nguyen leaves a huge hole in both the Leland track & field and football programs, not to mention the school’s other efforts.