In the late stages of last week, it was revealed that former Stanford Cardinal multi-sport athlete Zach Hoffpauir, who passed away in May, had died due to an accidental overdose, according to a report citing the county medical examiner in his native Arizona. The news broke last Thursday via an NBC affiliate in Phoenix. Hoffpauir was 26 at the time of his passing this past spring, just a few months after he had been hired as a defensive backs coach at Northern Colorado under head coach Ed McCaffrey.
The Stanford Cardinal alumni from the track & field team certainly have had their moments on the national and world stages. This past weekend, former Cardinal discus thrower Valarie Allman broke the United States record in the event, setting a new U.S. record with a throw of 230-2 (70.15 meters). The previous record was 226-11 (69.17m) set by Gia Lewis-Smallwood.
Of the 706 tests administered to date, 11 student-athletes have tested positive. Of the 11 positives, five have recovered and been cleared to resume activities, while six are currently isolating and following proper protocols based on current guidelines. Stanford will continue to closely monitor and conduct regular testing of any student-athlete returning to campus for voluntary activities.