Geneseo Middle School's boys' cross country team was crowned IESA state champions Oct. 13.
The Leafs tied for first place with Eureka with 116 team points, but won the title on the tiebreaker (which is the sixth runner), said coach Todd Ehlert. There has never been a tie for the championship before.
Racing to the state title were: Anthony Bravata, 10th place, 11 minutes and 4 seconds; Charlie Schlindwein, 39th, 11:35; Nathan Soria, 42nd, 11:39; Andrew Benhart, 43rd, 11:39; Reed Vanderheyden, 52nd, 11:46; Kyle Sellers, 64th, 11:51; and A.J. Miller, 148th, 12:54.
"It seemed liked a dream when we were there, and we can't be any prouder," said Ehlert. "It is a pretty special experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids."
The girls' team finished in ninth place overall.
Competing for the girls were Megan Coulter, 41st, 12:54; Raelynn Versluys, 45th, 12:58; Veronica Eilers, 56th, 13:02; Emma Smith, 60th, 13:04; Katelyn Mielke, 122nd, 13:49; Rebekah Beard, 136th, 14:04; and Paige Gramling, 137th, 14:06.