GREENVILLE – Greenville senior Ryan Trick signed to pole vault for the Bethel College Pilots track and field team.
“It is definitely a blessing to have this opportunity to just do the thing I love for the next four years of my life,” said Trick. “Just continue on progressing in my vault and getting better as an athlete in track.”
“I am really excited adding somebody with his caliber who’s as athletic as he is and has been able to accomplish what he has,” Bethel track and field coach Tony Natali said at Trick’s Tuesday night signing in Greenville. “I’m really excited about that.”
“I think he is going to do great,” said Green Wave pole vault coach Micah Coblentz. “I think he’ll be competitive at Bethel and I think he will be able to help the team.”
Trick, the son of John and Mindy Trick finished sixth last year in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I state track and field meet clearing 14’4” and recently finished fifth at the Ohio Association of Track – Cross Country Coaches indoor state championship with a 14’9” vault.
Trick first found interest in Bethel from vaulting friend and competitor; Fairmont alum, Zach Harrah.
“I have a buddy that is there now and he kind of reached out to me – told me about their program,” Trick said of Harrah. “I decided I would come out and check it out. Just the way the team connects there is really awesome.”
“They’re one unit,” continued Trick. “Everybody is there supporting each other. That really drew my attention. They have a really good record behind them – they placed fifth at Nationals this year for NAIA which really was another positive thing.”
“He’s worked hard to get to where he is,” said Green Wave pole vault coach Micah Coblentz. “I’m super excited he gets to move on. I think he’s set up with a great coach at Bethel College and he’s just going to continue to get better. I know he is very happy. I am very happy for him and I don’t think he could be in a better situation.”
Tricks’ goals when he gets to Bethel: “higher than I am jumping now – so any improvements will make me happy.”
The GHS senior still has one final track season to compete for the Green Wave and looks to make his mark at Greenville before graduating this spring.
“Obviously jump higher,” said Trick of his senior year. “I want to put up some attempts at the school record of 16’1”. “My main goal is to take the school record and put my name on the board.”
”I look at Ryan as a natural leader,” concluded Coach Natali. “His personality is such that he will be a leader on our team quickly because he is the type of kid other kids will gravitate towards, just follow his lead.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (front L-R) John Trick (father), Ryan Trick, Mindy Trick (mother), (back L-R) Greenville track and field coach Bill Plessinger, Bethel College track and field head coach Tony Natali and Greenville pole vault coach Micah Coblentz. (Gaylen Blosser photo)