College runner dies after meet at Johnson County Park


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Three days after collapsing during a college cross-country meet at Johnson County Park, a runner from Wilmington (Ohio) College died in an Indianapolis hospital.

Jenna Parlette, a junior from Miamisburg, Ohio, fell unconscious near the finish line during Saturday’s eight-team Grizzly Invitational. She died Tuesday evening at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, having never regained consciousness.

A standout throughout her college career, Parlette, 20, was leading the race when she suffered a grand mal or tonic-clonic seizure, according to the Dayton Daily News. The paper also reported that Parlette had epilepsy and an irregular heartbeat but refused to let either stop her from running.

“I love cross-country,” she told the Dayton newspaper in 2009. “I absolutely adore it.”

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