Teen collapses, dies during cross country practice in Newport News

Posted at 12:55 PM, Aug 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-02 17:54:03-04

Newport News, Va. - A 14-year-old collapsed and died during cross country practice in Newport News Thursday morning.

Joy Meyer was an rising freshman at Menchville High School.

Meyer told a teammate she felt dizzy after finishing a run at the Noland Trail at the Mariner's Museum Park and then collapsed.

The schools' cross country track coaches released the following statement on Meyer's passing:

"Joy Meyer was a young lady that truly embodied her name. She was joyful. She always had a smile on her face. She was a great encouragement to her team. Joy was a very hard worker and dedicated to her sport. We will miss her and the joy she brought to our team."

Coach Chris Chappell
Coach Dennis Zollicoffer

Gildersleeve Middle School posted this message on their Facebook page:

"The Gildersleeve Family is very saddened to learn of the loss of one of our students, Joy Meyer. Joy was a rising 9th grader, preparing to begin her first year at Menchville High School. Please keep her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her in your thoughts and prayers. Information regarding her final arrangements will be posted as soon as received."