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KALISPELL — A Montana high school student was injured after being struck in the chest by a javelin thrown by another student-athlete during track-and-field practice.

The Flathead Beacon reports Bigfork High School senior Anders Epperly was airlifted to a hospital Thursday with a partially collapsed lung.

Epperly's father Jim is a coach and was at practice when his son was injured. Jim Epperly says his son is recovering and was fortunate he wasn't struck in another part of his body.

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The Beacon reports Anders Epperly was out of bounds when he was hit. Coaches stopped the wound from bleeding, but Epperly was hospitalized after having difficulty breathing.

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Epperly is a standout track-and-field athlete, played quarterback on the football team and led the basketball team to back-to-back state championships as its point guard. 

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