At the UT Boys’ Kiwanis Invitational April 7, the Leaf track and field team cracked the Top 5 in 20 events of the ABC Meet. As a team, Geneseo placed seventh overall.

At the UT Boys’ Kiwanis Invitational April 7, the Leaf track and field team cracked the Top 5 in 20 events of the ABC Meet. As a team, Geneseo placed seventh overall.

“It was a monster, high-powered and extremely competitive invitational,” said head coach Don Fredericks. “We ended up seventh out of 12 teams, and I am happy with that. We had good efforts across the board.”

Nick Verbeck helped lead the Geneseo contingent with a pair of first-place finishes in shot put and discus. He won the shot put C with a throw of 43-9 1/4 and the discus C with a mark of 123-1.

A.J. Marmion placed second in shot put B with a toss of 47 3/4 and first in discus B with a mark of 135-7, while Joe Huffman nabbed first in shot put A at 52-4 and third in discus A at 133-10.

“Our throwers led the team making up 43 of our points, which was phenomenal,” said Fredericks. “Our pole vaulters also did a good job and has still been the biggest surprise this season.”

The  pole vaulters went 1-2-3 for Leafs with Jay Wilson winning the pole vault B as he clearing 11-0, while Jesse Mohr took second in pole vault C at 10-0 and Alex Platz, third in pole vault A at 12-0.

Zach Taber placed fourth in long jump C at 18-5, while Ian Ramsey came in fourth in high jump C at 5-4.

Geneseo went 1-2-3 in the 3200-m run with Mitchell Lawson taking the tape in first C race with a time of 10:40.60, followed by Kyle Reiling in the B race in second at 10:21.04 and Jordan Starkey, third in the A race with a time of 9:57.66.

Justin Seeley brought home fourth in 110-m hurdles C in 18.36, while Cam Yeater took fifth in 110-m hurdles with a time of 17.46.

The 4x400-m F/S sprint relay of Ryan?Pitra, Sam Arndt, Ryan Ganson and Chenoweth claimed third in 4:01.31, while Reiling took second in the 1600-m run B race with a time of 4:37.67.

Yeater nabbed third in the 300-m hurdles C race at 43.97, while Mielke took fourth in the B race at 44.67.

Additional Track Results
4x800-m relay- B race: Nolan?Fassett, Chaise Blakley, Tony?Gatter and Jacob Miller, seventh, 9:29.42.?A race: Griffin?Welfer, Mitchell?Lamb, David Chenoweth and Jacob Rahn, eighth, 9:03.78. 4x100-m relay- B race: Joey Medina, Jeremy Harper, Sam Arndt and Ryan Pitra, eighth, 48.39. A race: Zach?Taber, Luke Snyder, Landon Hoon and Chase Cahalan, eighth, 47.15.  110-m hurdles- Jordan Mielke, A, seventh, 17.96.  100-m dash- Snyder, C, sixth, 12.34; and Cahalan, B, ninth, 12.44. 800-m run- Fassett, C, ninth, 2:22.03; Mitchell Lamb, B, sixth, 2:13.27; and Rahn, A, 10th, 2:13.80.  4x200-m relay- Harper, Snyder, Hoon and Cahalan, seventh, 1;39.16. 400-m dash- Miller, C, ninth, 58.54; Luke Larson, B, 12th, 58.45; Welfer, A, ninth, 56.53.  300-m hurdles- Seeley, A, seventh, 44.55. 1600-m run- Lawson, C, sixth, 4;52.76 and Starkey, A, sixth, 4:39.68.  200-m dash- Taber, C, 10th, 27.01 and Snyder, B, 10th, 25.76.  4x400-m relay- B race: Reiling, Starkey, Lawson and Rahn, sixth, 3:54.66. A race: Seeley, Welfer, Ganson and Miller, 10th, 3:49.91.

Additional Field Results
High jump- Seth Wilson, B, sixth, 5-6 and Platz, A, eighth, 5-6.  Long jump- Ryan?Pitra, B, 11th, 16 1/2 and Justin?Seeley, A, seventh, 19-7. Triple jump- Jordan Mielke, B, sixth, 37-0.

“We are, hopefully, putting the pieces of the puzzle together, but we still have some stuff to work on,” said Fredericks. “We are making progress. We are definitely a stronger team than we were last year. We have a lot of potential and talent.”

The Leafs will be in action today at 4:30 p.m. in the Galesburg ABC Invite.