Treaty City Invitational draws large numbers

GREENVILLE – The Green Wave under the direction of head cross country coach, Stepanie Lind hosted the annual Treaty City Cross Country Invitational in the beautiful Greenville City Park at Memorial Hill. 

“Months of planning by myself and my Jr high coach, Dennis Eckstein, come together in three days for the Treaty City Invitational,” said Coach Lind. “The team independently hosts the event; it would not be possible without the volunteer support of each of our athlete’s families.” 

“They are out here constructing the course from scratch; driving stakes and creating the finish line chute, placing flags and painting to line the course, directing traffic, etc. This year we hosted around 1000 athletes representing 28 schools. We have had tremendous support from the athletic department, AD Aaron Shaffer and Assistant AD Jeff Martin the past couple of years. As always, the city department did a fantastic job preparing the park and helping with traffic control.” 

“Our community involvement makes our meet memorable with the cannon, coaches treats donated from Beanz and the Coffee Pot and the Masons allowing us to use the Lodge as our home camp,” Lind added. “The day of the race it is always so awesome to see so many school staff/teachers and other community members out supporting our kids.” 

The local cross country event saw four high school divisions including 55 high school boys and girls teams with 531 runners completing the 3.1 mile run. The opening race of the day saw the Middle School girls competing followed by the Middle School boys.

Fort Loramie’s boys took the Green Division title with Greenville finishing fourth out of 10 teams and Versailles placing seventh.  

“Our Greenville athletes ran really well at the meet – really happy with their strong effort,” said Lind. “Our boys were fourth overall in the “Green” division race, which was all D1 and D2 schools with the addition of Ft Loramie.”  

“Brothers Luke D Rammel (23rd) and freshman Trey Rammel (25th) led the way for the guys on the 5000m course, finishing in 18:39 and 18:43 respectively. Luke F Rammel in 27th (18:57), Noah Stevens in 29th (19:05), Crocket Parsons in 31st (19:15), Joel Hays (19:22), and EB Fall (19:42) round out our top seven finishers.” 

“These guys run every practice as a tight pack, so I was not at all surprised that seven places separated our top five guys. Times really improved from our first race last week, guys are practicing well, everyone is getting close to those coveted PRs, and will be some excitement come end of season” 

“The Lady Wave also ran some good races with season improvements in times,” added Lind. “The girls team placed seventh. Tessa Fine earned a medal for her top 20 finish, coming in 13th overall with a time of 21:40. Jaydn Norris was next in with a time of 23:41. Kenzie Baker (23:53), Freshman Lauren Schmitmeyer (24:09) and Freshman Charlie Pope (25:36) round out the girls top five.” 

“Really happy with everyone’s race effort, great improvement from week one, well ahead of times from last year, and a freshman group with a lot of potential,” Coach Lind concluded. “Still lots of season left and a lot of work to do. Greenville races next at the Brookville invitational.” 

Legacy Christian boys took first in the White Divison with Ansonia finishing sixth out of 18 teams. 

Tippecanoe girls won the Green Division, the Versailles Lady Tigers place third and Greenville finished seventh out of 11 teams. 

In the 16 team girls White Division was won by New Bremen. 

Matthew Lee led the Ansonia Tigers by setting a new personal record, crossing the tape in a time of 19:12. The rest of the Tiger team followed closely behind, with Andrew Thornhill, Matt Barga, Ian Brown, and Ethan Sparks rounding out their top five.  

“Our high school boys have come a long way over this past season,” said Ansonia Coach Jason Wright. “They do a great job pushing each other in practice every day, and on race day, when one guy takes off, the rest follow suit. And it’s not just our top five who are getting it done, our six and seven [Scott Ritchie and Austin Obringer] just continue to take off chunks of time and close the gap for our team. I couldn’t be more-proud of the hard work they are putting in.” 

Matthew Lee ran a 19:12 (PR), Andrew Thornhill 19:43 (PR), Matthew Barga  20:05  (PR), Ian Brown  20:33, Ethan Sparks  20:45  (PR), Scott Ritchie  26:26  (PR) and Austin Obringer  26:44 to complete the Ansonia boys team. 

“This was the first outing that our girls could compete as a team for the season,” said Wright. “We are still working through some injuries that are affecting our girls, but it was great to see a team of Tigers out on the course today.” 

Peyton Billenstein led the campaign for the Lady Tigers, posting a 22:49 in her first race of the 2021 season after suffering a broken arm injury. 

“Peyton is as tough as they come. She is competing, even while wearing a cast on her arm, to help her team. That just motivates our girls to work even harder with her.” 

Peyton Billenstein  22:49, Ellie Pierre  27:09 (PR), Emily Wright  27:23 (PR), Emily Kelly  27:16 and Deanna Moody  27:38  (PR) rounded out the Ansonia Lady Tigers scoring. for complete results. 

Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at or 937-459-9547.

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