Track and field spectator hit with discus in Wallingford

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – An accident at a Wallingford High School has people surprised.

“I don’t think anyone in a high school sport should get hurt like that,” said Ashley Perry, a former Sheehan High School student. “If they can figure out how to prevent that in the future, I think that would be great.”

On Tuesday, Sheehan High School hosted the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Outdoor Track Championship event. It was where the discus competition was held and one wild throw left someone injured. According to reports from the conference, a discus flew out of the marked sector and into the stands, which in turn, hit a relative of a West Haven student athlete.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Strongin says he’s a former member of the track and field team at Sheehan. He thinks when fans attend any sporting event, it’s important they remain vigilant.

“Just prepare for anything that can happen,” said Strongin. “Honestly, you know, there’s a lot of room for injuries.”

We reached out to the conference that hosted the championship for comment and received the following statement from Commissioner Al Carbone:

“A discus flew out of the sector and into the stands at Sheehan High School during the Southern Connecticut Conference Outdoor Track championship event on May 24.

The spectator was immediately treated by two athletic trainers, who working the event on-site, and were assisted by additional medical professionals who were in attendance.

There is an investigation on-going regarding the incident.”

Jay Borelli is a parent with a student at West Haven High School. He tells us he thinks the investigation is a good start, but taller barriers should also be built.

“I would think they should probably have to be built higher or at least keep you a safer distance from where the discus is being thrown,” said Borelli.

It’s not clear to what extent the spectator was injured and they have not been identified.

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