This post was updated Monday.
PORTLAND, Ore. – A track and field athlete who tripped and fell onto a javelin, injuring his eye, at Jesuit High School Friday afternoon is in fair condition.
Hood River Valley High School (Hood River, Ore.) track and field coach Donnie Herneisen confirmed to KGW that the athlete is Parker Kennedy, who recently graduated from the school. Kennedy won the 5A pole vault state championship in the spring and was part of the boys track and field team that won the school’s first state title.
According to his parents, Kennedy can see out of his injured eye, though his vision is blurry. The parents say his neurological status is good and he’s talking, moving and showing signs of progress.
Kennedy was injured during a USA Track and Field event at Jesuit.
A staff member, not from Jesuit High School, removed the javelin from Kennedy’s eye before medics arrived at the scene and stabilized Kennedy. He was conscious and alert as he was taken by Life Flight helicopter to a hospital, according to a spokeswoman.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report