TROY – Greenville junior Riley Hunt set a state record in the pole vault at the GWOC track and field meet, clearing 13’6.5” passing the previous record of 13’6.25”.
“The fact that we have the greatest pole vaulter in the state of Ohio right here in Greenville; to me I think is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Greenville head track and field coach Bill Plessinger.
“I just want to thank all my coaches especially Coach Coblentz for putting in all the time that he does getting me to where I am,” said Hunt. “I just want to thank my family for all their support. I am just super blessed and can’t be more thankful.”
A 2019 spring track and field season that has seen cold, wind and rain finally gave way to sunny skies and warm weather with the GWOC teams meeting in Troy for the leagues meet.
“It was finally warm and some people think the pole is softer,” said Greenville pole vault coach Micah Coblentz. “We had two stiffer poles on that day.”
“The third jump she put it all together,” Coblentz added. “Nice to have the monkey off our back. High school DI state pole vaulter of all time.”
“If there ever was a kid that deserved it it’s Riley Hunt because she works. she doesn’t complain,” Plessinger said. “She was hurt earlier in the year. She probably came back before she should have because she wanted to get this record.”
“I don’t think she is going to stop at this record,” continued Plessinger. “If she doesn’t go 14 this year she is going to do 14 next year. She is going to end up going Division I college and we’re going to watch her on TV in two years at the NCAA Indoor – makes you feel good.”
With Hunt owning the all-time high a 13’6.5” the DII state record stands a 13’4” and the DIII state record comes in a 13’0” even.
“Ohio has seen the all-time at 13’6.5”,” concluded Coblentz.