Injured Kansas Pole Vaulter Still Critical

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A Hutchinson Community College student injured while pole vaulting remains hospitalized in critical condition.

College spokesman Steve Carpenter says Monday that Chase Kear is in a drug-induced coma but is showing signs of improvement.

Carpenter says the 19-year-old student has not made any steps backward since Friday.

Kear is a sophomore from Colwich and a member of the college's track and field team. He was taken by helicopter Thursday from Gowans Stadium to a Wichita hospital after suffering a head injury at practice.

Information from: The Hutchinson News,

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