High school athlete dies after collapsing at cross country event

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette is remembering a student athlete who died after collapsing at a cross country meet in Broomfield on Friday, the school said.

School officials say 18-year-old Brandon Ries was competing in a 5k race on Friday when he collapsed.

Students and teammates remembered Ries with a slow lap around the track at Peak to Peak Charter School on Saturday morning.

North Metro Fire says the 911 call was placed around 5:53 p.m. and paramedics were administering CPR on scene.

Ries was transported to an area hospital, where he died, North Metro Fire said.

“Brandon was part of the heart and soul of our school, and represented the best of us all,” the school said.

School officials say  counselors will be available to students at Peak to Peak on Monday.