The Geneseo girls’ track and field team did it again as they defended their NIB 12 Conference Championship, 20 points ahead of Dixon in second place May 4.
“It is really good to get these last two (NIB 12 titles) and the last NCIC title two years ago,” said head coach Phil Paulson. “It is special and an indication there is more of a tradition here for girls’ track.
“I knew we had it going into the last race, the 4x400-m relay. It was just a case of wanting to beat Dixon and trying to beat Sycamore in the 4x400, which was a challenge. They improved their time and were better than the state qualifying time.”
Kaci Storm captured two conference championships in the 100-meter and 300-m hurdles, taking the tape in 14.92 seconds in the 100-m hurdles and won the 300-m hurdles in 47.05.
Darrian Hartman continued her dominance in the pole vault for the Lady Leafs as she claimed first place, clearing 10-3.
“Kaci did what she does best, had a mission and fulfilled that. She had to contend with Jaylaan Slaughter of DeKalb and beat her, which was satisfying,” said Paulson. “Darrian also came out and did what she does best to win the pole vault.”
Geneseo’s 4x100-m relay and 4x200-m relay also grabbed conference titles. The 4x100-m relay of Hannah Waller, Samantha Mannon, Ashley Kempher and Rayne Bodeen won their race with a time of 50.88, while the 4x200-m relay of Waller,?Storm, Mannon and Bodeen came in first in 1:47.61.
“The 4x100 and the 4x200 relays both had season best and state qualifying times,”?said Paulson. “It was good to have those relays there.”
Placing second at conference were Bodeen in the 100-m dash with a time of 12.78; Waller in the 300-m hurdles in 48.96; the 4x400-m relay of Mannon, Emily Ford, Halle Olson and Storm in 4:08.70; and Jamie DeFauw in the high jump with a mark height of 5-2.
Bodeen also took home third-place honors in the 200-m dash at 26.76, followed by Waller in third in the 100-m hurdles at 16.52; and Hartman in the triple jump with a leap of 33-7 1/2 for third.
Paige Gatter placed fourth in the 3200-m run with a time of 11:49.40, while Audrey Anderson came in fourth in the discus with a throw of 103-03.
Rounding out the Top 5 finishes for Geneseo were Anderson in the shot put with a heave of 33 1/2 and Anna Madigan in the pole vault at 8-3.
“Across the board, the girls all did well,” said Paulson. “Jamie DeFauw tied a personal best in the high jump, and Rayne Bodeen did well in both the 100-m dash and 200-m dash and improved her time in the 200.”
400-m dash- Olson, sixth, 1:03.72 and Kempher, 10th, 1:06.78. 800-m run- Ford, sixth, 2:26.59 and Maggie Schlindwein, 13th, 2:35.43. 1600-m run- Gatter, eighth, 5:33.74. 3200-m run- Sarah?Dellett, ninth, 13:22.90. 4x800-m relay- Ford, Morgan Kelly, Kelcey Adams and Olson, seventh, 10:14.95. Triple jump- Hannah?Lohman, seventh, 31-5 1/4. Shot put- Jessica Stoneking, 11th, 30-0. Discus- Stoneking, 15th, 80-6. High jump- Stoneking, 10th, 4-6.
The freshmen/sophomore girls’ track and field team brought home the F/S conference championship May 4.
“The girls competed with a mission in mind to win, but the real surprise was winning the F/S title because we didn’t have a 4x200 relay and some girls had no heights in their jump attempts. It was a tremendous finish on the track for them,” said Paulson.
Winning conference titles for the Lady Leafs were Katie?Lynch in the 800-m run and 1600-m run with times of 2:33.20 and 5:46.89, respectively, followed by Hanna Vanderheyden winning the 100-m hurdles in 16.61 and the 300-m hurdles in 51.91. Cortney Backes claimed first-place honors in the triple jump with a mark of 30-8 3/4.
The 4x100-m relay of Vanderheyden, Alexis West, Adison Cunningham and Katie Puls won their race in 55.12, followed by the 4x400-m relay of Puls, Cortney Backes, Mikayla Bowton and Kelly in first with a time of 4:30.02.
200-m dash- Megan?DuBois, third, 28.93. 400-m dash- Mikayla Bowton, eighth, 1:12.16 and Abby Frank, 11th, 1:14.25. 800-m run- Kelly, third, 2:34.65. 1600-m run- Dellett, fourth, 5:54.60. 100-m hurdles- Cortney Backes, fifth, 18.97. 300-m hurdles- Cortney Backes, fourth, 55.73. 4x800-m relay- Lynch, Bowton, Frank and Cunningham, second, 11:19.85. Long jump- DuBois, third, 14-1 and Puls, eighth, 13-6 1/4. Shot put- Cunningham, 17th, 17-8. Discus- Jamie DeFauw, ninth, 67-9 and Frank, 18th, 42-8. Pole vault- DuBois, second, 6-3.
The Lady Leafs will be in IHSA Sectional Competition today at 4 p.m. in Mendota.
“There are a lot of things we don’t know about the teams we are seeing, but we are at a better place at Mendota than we were at Rock Island,”?said Paulson.
“There are more opportunities for us to qualify. I want to see them win the sectional.”