MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) - Funeral arrangements are being finalized for the Wilmington College cross country runner who collapsed while leading a race over Labor Day weekend.
Jenna Parlette, 20, of Miamisburg, died at a hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday.
Jenna graduated from Miamisburg High School in 2011. She was a two-year captain for the school's cross-country team.
Her former high school coach, Jenny Schoenberger, said doctors discovered Jenna had a genetic disorder in her liver and believe it was the cause of her epilepsy and an irregular heartbeat she battled throughout most of her life and entire running career.
"I was there the first time Jenna collapsed during a race," said Coach Schoenberger. "That was during a home meet here at Miamisburg. That's when doctors discovered she had an irregular heartbeat and implanted a pace maker."
Coach Schoenberger said within weeks, Jenna was back to running.
"The doctors said she could run and she said, "Then I am," said the coach.
Schoenberger and Jenna's former teammates are devastated over her tragic death.
"Jenna was a senior when I was a freshman,"said Jordan Townsley, who is now a senior at Miamisburg High School. "I definitely looked up to her. She taught me to never give up on my dreams. Jenna never did."
"I remember my freshman year I got dehydrated during a meet," explained Mallory Stanhouse, who is also now a senior at Miamisburg. "I was having a hard time and she took me to the EMT and even though I wasn't seriously hurt, she stayed with me. I want to be there for the freshman just like she was there for me."
"I've had health problems too," said Nicole Ayers, who is a senior runner at Miamisburg. Jenna motivated me to continue running."
Coach Schoenberger calls Jenna a natural born leader. She shared a poem Jenna had written to her before she graduated high school.
"I trust you with entirely everything," read Coach Schoenberger. "You shaped me who I am today. Making me want to follow in your footsteps."
Just reading the words brought the Coach to tears.
"For her to admire me when I admire her so much," began Schoenberger. "Watching her go through all she went through. All of the obstacles. It means everything."
Jenna's former team finds some peace in knowing she died doing what she loved.
"Jenna will continue to be an inspiration to other runners," said Coach Schoenberger. "She will continue to be an inspiration. We tell her story. We explain that they can do anything they put their mind to. Jenna is proof of that."
Wilmington College will hold a celebration of Jenna's life Thursday at 11:30 am in the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre on campus.
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