Jenna Parlette, Wilmington College track star, dies after collapse at cross country meet

WILMINGTON, Ohio — A Wilmington College track star who collapsed during an intercollegiate cross country meet over the weekend has died.

School officials say Jenna Parlette, a junior at Wilmington, was leading a race at Franklin College in Indiana when she suffered a serious medical incident.

Parlette was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she was receiving treatment. School officials announced the 20-year-old passed 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.”

Parlette, originally from Miamisburg, was described as a "standout" athlete. She held the school record in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs in track and was a five-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference designee in track and cross country. She was also named All-Great Lakes Region after the 2012 season.

“We lost a true treasure, a real sweetheart,” said Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration and Parlette's former professor. “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 also earned Academic All-OAC status and was an All-Academic selection by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.

No other details on her death were released at this time.

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