Teen pole vaulter pierced in the eye by javelin

The parents of an Oregon high school champion pole vaulter pierced in the eye by a javelin say their son's vision is blurry but he can see out of the eye.

Barry and Carrie Kennedy in a statement released Sunday through Oregon Health and Science University in Portland say 18-year-old Parker Kennedy is in fair condition.

The parents say his neurological status is good and he's talking, moving and showing signs of progress.

Parker Kennedy was injured Friday night (UST) after he tripped during a Portland track meet.

A fire department spokeswoman says the javelin was removed by someone before firefighters arrived.

Kennedy is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School and won the 5A pole vault at the state championship in the spring.

- NZ Herald

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