Moore County is mourning the loss this morning of a cross country runner at Union Pines High School who collapsed during a race in Charlotte Saturday and later died.

Samantha Davis suffered a seizure at around the 4K mark of the Hares & Hounds girls invitational race in Charlotte and went into cardiac arrest. She passed away after midnight this morning.

Davis competed in track and field event in addition to cross country, and was a member of the Union Pines Marching Band. She suffered an injury in softball in 2016 that resulted in a seizure, and was later diagnosed with epilepsy.

In the hours after her collapse her friends took to Twitter with the hashtag #SamanthaStrong to express their support and hopes that she would pull through, followed by condolences as the announcement was made that she had passed.

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