College student dies in pole vault fall
A collegiate pole vaulter from Rockville died Monday after injuries suffered in a fall during a track meet in Illinois last week, officials at his school, Grinnell College, said.
Officials at the Iowa campus said in a letter on the school's Web site that sophomore Robert Zhongjie (zhong-ZHEE') died Tuesday at an Illinois hospital. The school's president, Russell K. Osgood, and the vice president for student affairs, Houston Dougharty, said the college learned of the death from Zhongjie's family.
The college says Zhongjie fell during a vault Friday at the Midwest Conference Meet at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. He had been at a Springfield, Ill., hospital since the fall.
-- Associated Press
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