WILMINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A Wilmington College cross country runner died Tuesday after collapsing at a track meet Saturday at Franklin College.
Wilmington Junior Jenna Parlette of Miamisburg was leading the race when she suffered what school officials call a “serious medical incident.”
She was rushed to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
A spokesperson for Wilmington College says Parlette never regained consciousness and family decided to remove her from life support just before 5:00 pm.
The college president released a statement Tuesday evening.
“Jenna was a wonderful student who left an indelible impression on many who she knew on campus,” said Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds. “We all grieve for a life lost so early.”
Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration, spoke of Parlette’s passing as a “great personal loss,” He had her as a student in class and “witnessed the joy” she exuded as a member of the track and field and cross country teams.
“We lost a true treasure, a real sweetheart,” Rupert said. “She was a joy to be around and a joy to watch on the track and cross country course, Jenna was a big part of our athletics family at WC. “She will be profoundly missed.”
Parlette holds the school record for the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs in track and is a five time All-Ohio Athletic Conference athlete in track and cross country.
She was named All-Great Lakes Region after the 2012 cross country season and earned Academic All-OAC status and was an All-Academic selection by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.
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