Treaty City Invitational draws large number of runners and fans to Greenville City Park
GREENVILLE – Greenville Cross Country hosted the annual Treaty City Invitational cross country run in the Greenville City Park under the direction of head coach Stephanie Lind.
“In cross country we are always traveling to meets so it’s awesome to get to host our own and give our athletes a break from travel,” said Lind. “They really enjoy and have pride in Treaty City and the results today show it.”
“Great race today, good weather, good course conditions, lots of athletes out here, a lot of our local schools here that like to race against each other and see how they stack up,” Lind added. “Overall I think everybody was happy and lots of great volunteers that make it possible.”
The honorable Judge Jon Hein, a long-time volunteer at the event stated, “It’s putting back into the community. These people come out, they have family they have coaches, need support, community needs to get out of their houses, give back to society, make it a better place to live. We have a good place to live in Darke County.”
“Eight of our 10 Middle School boys are first year runners and they place fourth team overall today, very excited for them as a team and as individual runners,” Coach Lind stated. “We had one medalist on the girls side and three in the top 30. Great to see their hard work at practice showing up in today’s results. As always we can’t put a meet of this size on without a small army of volunteers, a big thank you to all who helped to make Treaty City 2022 a huge success.”
Coach Lind thanked the many businesses and individuals that help sponsor the event including.
“As always we can’t put a meet of this size on without a small army of volunteers,” Lind said. “A big thank you to all who helped to make Treaty City 2022 a huge success.”
“Mikesell Concrete LLC, the Coffee Pot, Beanz, Edward Jones group, Phillip Pierri, Matt Steyer and Eikenberry’s for their donations and financial support. The Masonic Lodge, and the cannon crew, DJ Josh Artin, the street department, Greenville Township Rescue, police and fire department.”
“Our athletic department, Aaron Shaffer and Coach Martin, as well as Coach Plessinger and Coach Levek,” Lind continued. “The many parents and Greenville XC alumni who gave hours and days of their time to make our meet a success and the memorable, fun experience teams expect here at Greenville.”
Long time Greenville head track and field coach, Bill Plessinger was coaching junior high cross country before taking over the track and field job at Greenville and understands the dedication and hard work that goes with competing in cross country.
“There is nothing like cross country kids,” Plessinger said. “Cross country is probably the most fraternal sport, kids support one another, everybody supports them and the fans support them. It’s a different bird”
“Cross country teaches strong mentality, perseverance, teamwork, comradery, life skills of getting along with others,” he continued. “I love my sport but track is track. Cross country is a unique sport. This is my 23rd year here and that is why I work it. It’s like no other sport, you can’t compare a sport to cross country. These kids put themselves through pain, suffering and watching them cross the finish line – they run for 3.1 mile and a foot and they give their all that time and get to the finish line and their done.”
Darke County schools competing included: Ansonia, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley and Versailles.