22-year-old runner collapses, dies near marathon finish line

Tragedy struck in Cleveland on Sunday, as 22-year-old runner Taylor Ceepo collapsed and died at the 42nd annual Cleveland Marathon.

Racing officials confirmed her death to Cleveland.com, saying that she collapsed less than a mile from the finish line.

Ceepo had just graduated from nearby Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, where she played soccer and majored in biology. She went to high school at Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary, which is also LeBron James’ alma mater.

Ceepo was quickly taken to University Hospitals, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. University Hospitals spokesman George Stamatis could not share any more information about her condition because of HIPAA laws.

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9. The Collapse

After destructing talented 1990s teams, the Indians finally regained winning form in 2007. The team marched all the way to the ALCS, where they got out to a 3-1 series lead over the Red Sox. In typical Cleveland fashion, the Indians blew the series lead away, lost in seven games, and have been back to the playoffs just one time since -- a one-game Wild Card round loss in 2013.

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5. The Move

Just more than a year removed from an encouraging 11-5 season in 1994 under Bill Belichick, the Browns were relocated to Baltimore as a new franchise, the Ravens, in 1996. The Browns would return to the NFL, effectively as an expansion team, in 1999 -- just in time to see the Ravens win their first Super Bowl in 2000. Their consolation prize as the No. 1 overall pick after returning? Tim Couch, who spent five years with the team, going 22-37.

3. The Drive

Perhaps the most futile of Cleveland franchises, the Browns actually had several chances to clinch a Super Bowl berth in the alte 1980s and early 1990s. They were mere minutes away from getting there in 1986, before John Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards in just over five minute to send the AFC Championship into overtime. Denver would eventually win on an overtime field goal, burying Browns fans' hearts into the dirt.

2. The Shot

When LeBron James was a four-year-old, the Cavaliers weren't even that bad -- actually, they were one of the best teams in the league. As a No. 3 seed, they faced the No. 6 Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, and were favored after defeating the Bulls in all six of their regular season matchups. Then, The Shot. In a decisive Game 5, with their backs against the wall, the Cavaliers led 100-99 with three seconds left, before Michael Jordan hit one of the best shots of his career over Craig Ehlo. Bulls win. The rest is history.

1. The Decision

After seven years in a Cavaliers uniform, LeBron James decided to air an hour-long special on ESPN, in which he tore the heart out of Cleveland's collective chest. In the most painfully drawn-out program ever, LeBron announced he was joining the Miami Heat, and the jersey burning commensed. Oops!

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"It is my sad duty to inform you that a beloved member of our Walsh family, Ms. Taylor Ceepo, collapsed today while running the Cleveland marathon and has passed away,” Walsh vice president for student affairs Amy Malaska wrote in a statement.

“Her mother, dear friends and her boyfriend [also a Walsh student] were with her. Our love and deepest sympathies go to her family and loved ones. Your Walsh family will keep you all in prayer."

Runner deaths at marathons are unfortunately common for a variety of health reasons. Just the day before, a 48-year-old runner died in a Tobago marathon, and a 29-year-old died after running the London Marathon last year.

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