Quote Of The Day
“For reasons I will never understand, Hale was unable to work through that bump. We talked after he returned from [Ivy League cross country championships] in Princeton Saturday evening. That final conversation is forever etched in my memory. He was distraught about his performance. I fumbled for things to say to make him feel better. I later wondered whether I could have been more supportive or asked more questions. But he had told me was going out that night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I didn’t see any cause for concern.
By all accounts, Hale seemed his normal self that night. He participated in the customary Sunday morning run with the team. But late that afternoon he was found unconscious in his suite in Calhoun. It was too late to revive him …
I know that Hale pushed himself very hard and had extremely high expectations in all of his pursuits. [In HS] and at Yale, he had been on an accelerating path of academic and extracurricular accomplishments; like most of his peers, the sky seemed the limit. Perhaps, in his adherence to the Prefontainean mantra, his relentless striving to reach a nearly unattainable version of ‘his best’ contributed to the sacrifice of the ultimate gift.”
– Jack Ross, father of Yale cross-country runner Hale Ross, who killed himself a day after the 2016 Ivy League championships, writing in a nearly 4,000 word essay entitled, “The Dark Lining of the Prefontaine Mantra: Lessons from Hale Ross’ life at Yale.”
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