Greenville Senior High School numbers 100 track and field athletes
GREENVILLE – Greenville track and field teams are looking to the 2022 season with 100 athletes participating at the high school level.
“We have a lot of kids, we have 100 boys and girls combined,” said veteran Green Wave head coach, Bill Plessinger. “We lost some good kids, but we just try to put somebody in their place. We have a lot of potential, a lot of kids that have never been out for track.”
“I have 21 freshmen girls and 19 freshmen boys,” Plessinger added. “Our junior high numbers are way up so that is a good thing. We’ve been at this point in the program for a long time – right around 80-100. It’s good to have a lot of kids because that’s more to pick from.”
The state of the art Jennings Center Track and Field Complex, opened in 2018 is home to the Green Wave track & field program.
“It is one of the best facilities in all of Ohio not just Southwest Ohio,” Plessinger noted of the Jennings Center. “We’re sure getting a lot more kids out for track now that we have the Jennings Center as compared to when we were running on the track at Harmon Field.”
“The kids like it and the kids have been taking good care of it,” continued Plessinger. “They’re proud of it and it looks good. We get our fieldhouse done it will look even nicer.”
Coach Plessinger took time to talk about the 2022 GHS track and field teams and competing in the always competitive Miami Valley League (MVL).
Pole vault and jumps: “We have one of our girls back, we have both of our boy vaulters back. We were a little down in boys last year so I think they will be better because they have a little bit more experience under them. We do have two girl vaulters back and we have some younger kids attempting it. The potential is there with both boys and girls.”
“We broke two school records that were 30 some years old two consecutive years,” Plessinger noted of the girls long jump. “I think we will be ok – we’ll be competitive.”
“Our high jumpers really look good both boys and girls. We’ve been jumping all winter in the back gym so they have been training since November. I think we will be ok there.”
Throwing events: “We have some young kids that I think will get there. We’re young, we have a lot of young throwers. We have a couple seniors that have been with the program.”
“We look way better on the track, a lot faster overall, both teams are faster than we were in the past – and the distance kids, we only lost one distance boy. You want the boys to peak as a junior and senior. I think our boys will be way better this year than last year.”
“The girls will be competitive – we were awfully good last year, one of the best teams I ever had but we’ll be right there. We’ll be competitive, we may not have the 40 points in three people at a big meet but I think we might be able to nickel and dime some points and still be competitive – they’ll know Greenville track is there.”
MVL: “Troy girls of course,” said Plessinger. “Girls is going to be brutal because Troy is always good. Butler just go a new coach; Coach Southerland who used to run for Butler, coached at Covington last year. I respect the man a lot – going to turn the girls around at Butler. Piqua has a couple studs, they have a state performer. Tippecanoe is always good so on our side of the division everybody is good in the girls.”
“On the boys side I don’t know of anybody that is that outstanding – overall I don’t know,” Plessinger stated. “Boys are a question mark, girls is going to be a battle between – it’s going to be Troy then it’s going to be a battle for second because I think all of us are good enough to get second.”
The Green Wave will host an early season invitational at the Jennings Center at Greenville Senior High School complex.
“We have a big invitational April 1st,” noted Coach Plessinger. “We have some new teams coming, we have built that up. We are going to have nine or 10 teams here this year, last year was six. We’re trying to build that a little bigger and we’ll go from there.”