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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Geneseo grads post high standards

  • Several Geneseo graduates and former athletes have recently closed out the 2012 spring sports season at their respective colleges.


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  • Several Geneseo graduates and former athletes have recently closed out the 2012 spring sports season at their respective colleges.
    These former Leafs and Lady Leafs have represented Geneseo in track and field, softball and baseball.
    Curt Jensen, a junior thrower for the Illinois State University men’s track and field team, captured a conference championship in the shot put at the MVC Championships with a throw of 61-5 3/4. He also grabbed thirds in the hammer throw at 197-08 and discus at 162-11.
    He currently holds the Top 2 outdoor shot put records of 61-5 3/4 and 60-10 1/2 and is tied for third at 59-9.
    In action earlier this spring, Jensen took first in the EIU Big Blue Classic in the shot put at 59-03, followed by sixth in the discus at 155-01 and 10th in the hammer throw at 161-07.
    At the ISU vs. SIU dual, Jensen grabbed first in the shot put at 57-4 3/4, followed by fourth in the javelin at 157-02 and seventh in the hammer throw at 168-0.
    Jensen nabbed two first-place finishes in the shot put and discus at the Sea Ray Relays at 59-9 and 150-4, respectively. He also placed seventh in the hammer throw at 184-10 and eighth in the discus invite at 154-6. He finished first in the shot put and discus again at the Lenny Lyles Invite at 59-4 3/4 and 159-0, respectively and third in the hammer throw at 196-04.
    At the Vanderbilt Invite, Jensen took third in the hammer throw at 181-10 and sixth in the discus at 153-7, while at the Drake Relays came in fourth in the shot put with a toss of 60-10 1/2, and fifth in the hammer throw at the Billy Hayes Invite at 194-02.
    At the NCAA West Preliminaries, Jensen placed 15th in the shot put at 58-9 1/2 and 31st in the hammer throw at 189-02.
    Amanda Egan, a freshman thrower for the Bellarmine University women’s track and field team, had a breakout first season as she reached the Top 5 in several events.
    Egan opened her outdoor career at the Oliver Nikoloft Invite where she placed 19th in the shot put at 36-7 1/2, 21st in the discus at 121-7 and 26th in the hammer throw at 124-10.
    At the Bellarmine Invite, Egan nabbed a fourth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 123-7 and fifth in the shot put at 38-6 3/4. She also took sixth in the javelin at 87-7 and 13th in the hammer throw at 108-10.
    At the Western Hilltopper Invite, Egan placed 12th in the discus at 119-0, 13th in the javelin at 71-11,  and 18th in the shot put at 37-9 1/2 and hammer throw at 129-09.
    Egan earned two second-place finishes at the EKU Open Meet in the discus with a throw of 36.51 meters and the shot put at 12.51m. She also took fifth in the hammer throw at 39.46m.
    Page 2 of 3 - At the Bellarmine Classic, Egan claimed three fourth-place finishes in the discus at 128-5, shot put at 40 1 1/2 and javelin at 94-08.
    Egan closed out the season at the GLVC Championships where she placed seventh in the shot put and discus at 11.87m and 38.89m, respectively. She also took 13th in the hammer throw at 41.35m and 17th in the javelin at 24.75m.
    Shane Reschke, a senior member of the Monmouth College men’s track and field team, closed out his running career for the Scots this season.
    Results from the outdoor season were unavailable from the school.
    Megan Wyffels, a junior member of the Western Illinois University women’s track and field team, competed in the javelin this season where she earned Top 5 marks at five events.
    Wyffels won the Knox Outdoor Invite with a throw of 31.50m, while she came in second at the Gateway Classic in 33.29m.
    Wyffels took home fourth in the Ashford Spring Classic at 32.01m and the Wisconsin Outdoor Open at 31.99m, followed by a fifth-place finish in the Tulsa Duals at 28.50m.
    At the Lee Calhoun Invitational, Wyffels placed eighth in the javelin at 31.65m and 12th in the Summit League Championships at 31.36m.
    Branden Smith, a freshman distance runner with the St. Ambrose University men’s track and field team, also saw some action in is first collegiate competition.
    Smith took 46th at the Augustana Spring Classic in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes and 15.31 seconds, and 27th in the Loras Open in the 800-m run with a time of 2:13.23.
    At the WIU Lee Calhoun Invite, Smith placed 28th in the 800-m run at 2:12.58 and was a member of the eighth place 4x800-m relay with a time of 8:46.15.
    Smith ended his season at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships with a 19th-place finish in the 800-m run in 2:10.76.
    Dan Chenoweth took his running talents to the University of Wisconsin for his final outdoor season of eligibility.
    At Madison, Chenoweth finished with a personal best for ninth in the 10,000-m at the Stanford Invite in 28:46.87, followed by a 76th-place finish in the 1,500-m at the Mt. Sac Relay in 3:53.45.
    Chenoweth placed 14th in the 1,500-m run with a personal best of 3:49.62 at the Bryan?Clay Invite, and came in 13th in the 5,000-m run with a personal best of 13:49.41 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.
    Chenoweth nabbed a fifth-place finish in the 10,000-m run at the Big 10 Championships with a time of 29:27.14, and finished 15th in the 5,000-m run at the NCAA West prelims at 14:19.32.
    Chenoweth also took sixth in the 5,000-m run at the American Milers Club in 14:28.31.
    Stephanie Kennett, a member of the?Concordia University women’s track and field team, only saw competition once this season at the Benedictine Eagle Invite where she took 27th in the 5,000-m run in 22:23.15.
    Page 3 of 3 - Maggie Bergeson, a sophomore member of the Black Hawk College softball team,  saw action in 48 games this season for a total of 171 at bats. She totaled 75 hits, 12 doubles, 12 triples, four home runs, 24 RBIs and 55 runs scored with a .439 batting average. She also had 22 stolen base attempts with 22 stolen bases.
    Bergeson pitched nine innings for Black Hawk where she gave up five runs, 10 hits and nine walks, while striking out two.
    Bergeson will play softball next year for Upper Iowa University.
    Alli Rivera, a senior infielder for the University of Wisconsin-Green?Bay softball team, finished her softball career with the Phoenix. She played in 48 games where she totaled 136 at bats, 17 runs, 29 hits, four doubles, three home runs, 21 RBIs and 15 walks.
    Joey Bergles, a senior outfielder for the Viterbo University baseball team, saw action in 30 games his final season with 23 starts. He accumulated 61 at bats with 14 hits and scored four runs. He had three doubles, six RBIs and nine walks. His on base percentage was .324.
     

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