GREENVILLE – Greenville officially opened its Jennings Center Track and Field Complex on Wednesday with the Green Wave high school and junior high teams sweeping Piqua in a dual meet.
Greenville previously canceled two home meets and what was supposed to be the ribbon cutting for the Jennings Center Track and Field Complex because of weather-related schedule changes, but Wednesday allowed the Wave to finally host a home meet.
“It’s awesome,” Greenville track and field coach Bill Plessinger said. “We’ve been practicing in it. We’ve been waiting for it. I was joking with Emma Jennings’ mom, like what is going to happen to the weather today? But we finally have a nice day. It’s been the nicest day of the year, actually. Both of the meets we’ve run in have been in the 40s. The kids have been dying to get to run here. Obviously we practice here all the time. We’re all excited. I’m more excited about the weather. I think we’d run in Timbuktu right now if it’s above 50 degrees.”
The project began three-and-a-half years ago with Greenville alumni Matt Light and Jon McGreevey seeking to improve Greenville City Schools’ athletics facilities. Friends of Harmon Field was created to lead the efforts with Dave Ernst, Dustin Leis, Mike Henderson, Aaron Shaffer, Ron Holzapfel, Marv Stammen, Jim Poeppelman, John Swallow, Jeff Kniese, Dusty Yingst, Mike Stegall, Larry Ullery, Kyle Kagey, Carla Surber and Rob Winner leading the committee.
Numerous individuals, families and businesses contributed to the project with Greenville alumnus Brad Jennings and his family donating $800,000 for the track and field complex.
“The best part is when we go to other places now when we used to go to other places and everybody was better than ours now we’re better than everybody,” Plessinger said. “It’s a complete mental … it’s amazing. Now we go to Troy and now we go to these places and like, ‘God, this track is awful.’ Where before we loved it because it was so much better than what we had, but now ours is better than what they have.”
Greenville has completed the first two phases of its athletics upgrades, but the school still plans to add an athletics complex between Harmon Field and the Jennings Center Track and Field Complex and upgrade the stadium and lighting at Harmon Field. For information is available at www.friendsofharmonfield.com.
In the first meet at the Jennings Center Track and Field Complex, Greenville’s varsity girls track and field team beat Piqua 112-33, Greenville’s varsity boys beat Piqua 92-54, Greenville’s junior high girls beat Piqua 95-27, and Greenville’s junior high boys beat Piqua 58-56.
Greenville’s Mikayla Miller, Lauren Dull, Isabelle Rammel and Haley Maher won the varsity girls 4×800 meter relay in 11:40.16.
Greenville finished second in the varsity boys 4×800 meter relay with a time of 10:47.57.
Riley Hunt won the varsity girls 100 meter hurdles in 17.71.
Foster Cole won the varsity boys 110 meter hurdles in a time of 17.43, and Logan Wead finished third in 19.16.
Hope Byrum won the varsity girls 100 meter dash with a time of 14.11.
Alex Hutt finished second in the varsity boys 100 meter dash in 12.10.
Greenville won the varsity girls 4×200 meter relay in a time of 1:56.96.
Isabelle Rammel won the varsity girls 1,600 meter run in 6:01.52 while Haley Maher finished second in 6:31.44.
Caleb Browder won the varsity boys 1,600 meter run in a time of 5:07.43, and Riley Emerick finished third in 5:12.52.
Greenville won the varsity girls 4×100 meter relay in 54.69.
Greenville won the varsity boys 4×100 meter relay with a time of 47.68.
Grace Coakley won the varsity girls 400 meter dash in a time of 1:06.32, Emma Jennings finished second in 1:06.96, and Lauren Dull finished third in 1:07.48.
Gabriel Stevens finished second in the varsity boys 400 meter dash in a time of 1:01.14, and Ryan Dull finished third in 1:05.50.
Larissa Schmitmeyer won the varsity girls 300 meter hurdles in 56.21.
Foster Cole finished second in the varsity boys 300 meter hurdles with a time of 46.30.
Mikayla Miller finished second in the varsity girls 800 meter run in a time of 2:56.81.
Caleb Browder won the varsity boys 800 meter run in 2:20.74.
Kyia Mustain Richard finished third in the varsity girls 200 meter dash in 30.31.
Alex Hutt won the varsity boys 200 meter dash with a time of 24.49.
Grace Coakley won the varsity girls 3,200 meter run in a time of 13:18.11 while Kelsie Ruble finished second in 15:37.10.
Andrew Kocher won the varsity boys 3,200 meter run in 10:59.77.
Greenville won the varsity girls 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:45.72.
Greenville finished second in the varsity boys 4×400 meter relay in a time of 4:16.49.
Sierra Cress won the varsity girls discus with a throw of 106 feet 2 inches, and Harley West finished second with a throw of 79 feet 7 inches.
Addison Ernst won the varsity boys discus with a throw of 118 feet 10 inches, and Tanner Swisshelm finished second with a throw of 105 feet 5 inches.
Sierra Cress won the varsity girls shot put with a toss of 35 feet 0.5 inches while Harley West finished third with a throw of 29 feet 5.5 inches.
Noah VanHorn won the varsity boys shot put with a throw of 41 feet 1 inches, and Landin Brown finished second with a throw of 39 feet 1.75 inches.
Emma Klosterman won the varsity girls long jump with a jump of 16 feet 6.75 inches, Payton Brandenburg finished second with a jump of 15 feet 4 inches, and Hope Byrum finished third with a jump of 13 feet 11 inches.
Foster Cole won the varsity boys long jump with a jump of 18 feet 8.5 inches while Gavin Williams finished second with a jump of 17 feet 8.5 inches.
Emma Klosterman won the varsity girls high jump by clearing 5 feet, Payton Brandenburg finished second by clearing 4 feet 10 inches, and Allie Null finished third by clearing 4 feet 2 inches.
Ian Riffell won the varsity boys high jump by clearing 5 feet 4 inches, and Jace Bunger finished second by clearing 5 feet 2 inches.
Riley Hunt won the varsity girls pole vault by clearing 11 feet 6 inches while Emma Klosterman finished second by clearing 10 feet.
Ryan Trick won the boys pole vault by clearing 15 feet, John Butsch finished second by clearing 12 feet 6 inches, and Matthew Hounshell finished third by clearing 12 feet.
Payton Brandenburg won the varsity girls triple jump with a total of 29 feet 11.5 inches, and Adeline Haupt finished second with a total of 28 feet 7.25 inches.
Foster Cole won the varsity boys triple jump with a total of 39 feet 1.25 inches, Ian Riffell finished second with a total of 35 feet 0.5 inches, and Noah VanHorn finished third with a total of 33 feet 3.5 inches.
For complete results from Wednesday’s meet, visit http://www.baumspage.com/track/piqua/040417/2018/2018%20Results.txt.
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