College Freshman Killed During Hammer Throw Event

Ethan Roser was volunteering at track and field competition at Wheaton College
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2017 2:36 PM CDT

(Newser) – A track and field event ended in tragedy Saturday afternoon in Illinois. A 19-year-old freshman volunteering at a competition held at Wheaton College was accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw event. WCPO reports the "hammer" is actually a metal ball that's attached to a grip via a steel wire; it weighs 16 pounds for men and 8.8 pounds for women, though it hasn't been reported which size hammer hit Ethan Roser.

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The Chicago Tribune reports Roser, who had transferred to the school in January and planned to become a minister, was pronounced dead at the hospital. "We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope," says Wheaton College President Philip Ryken in a statement. Roser's father, Rev. Mark Roser, echoed that faith-based reaction: "We know he's with Jesus, and the fact that he's in paradise is a great source of comfort to us." (Read more track and field stories.)

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