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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • GHS girls show their depth

  • At the Sterling First Chance Invite March 9, the Geneseo girls' track and field team captured nine first-place finishes in the ABC format meet.
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  • At the Sterling First Chance Invite March 9, the Geneseo girls' track and field team captured nine first-place finishes in the ABC format meet.
    "We had a really good meet," said head coach Joni Nelson. "All the relays had personal records for the year. It was an ABC Meet and a lot of our B and C runners would have placed in the A bracket so that says a lot for our runners and our depth."
    Rayne Bodeen grabbed a first-place finish to start things off as she crossed the finish line in 8.05 seconds in the 60-meter dash A race.
    Hanna Vanderheyden and Hannah Waller claimed top finishes in the 60-m hurdles — Vanderheyden first in the B race at 9.54 and Waller took the tape in the A race at 9.81.
    Kelcey Adams notched a first-place finish in the 800-m run C race at 2:41.21; while Samantha Mannon took first in the 400-m dash C race in 1:07.68.
    Halle Olson also claimed top honors in the 400-m dash in the B race as she crossed the finish line in 1:06.01; followed by Vanderheyden in the 200-m dash B race with a time of 28.13.
    "Hanna was hurt at the beginning of last season, but came back at the end and broke some records at the conference meet," said Nelson. "This year, she is really coming on strong and this was her big meet. I think she is just excited to compete this year. The really surprising thing is when she came off her injury last year she didn't have a whole lot of training and had an amazing performance at conference. She is really stepping up this year."
    In the field, Audrey Anderson claimed top honors in shot put A with a toss of 33-5; while Ashley Kempher placed first in pole vault C at 6-6.
    Geneseo's 4x800-m relay of Emily Ford, Morgan Kelly, Olson and Katie Puls placed second for the Lady Leafs with a time of 10:30.37; while Cortney Backes took second in the 60-m hurdles C race in 11:36.
    The F/S 4x200-m relay of Maddie Femali, Ashley Kempher, Grace Madigan and Anna Wise took second with a time of 1:57.75; while the varsity 4x200-m relay of Waller, Vanderheyden, Puls and Bodeen also came in second at 1:52.29.
    Puls added a second-place finish in the 800-m run B race as she crossed the finish line in 2:41.03; followed by Ford in second place in the 800-m run A race at 2:29.04. Megan DuBois ended the 200-m dash C race in second place with a time of 28.99.
    Alaine Brucher took home second in triple jump C with a leap of 28-5 1/2; followed by Jamie DeFauw with second in high jump A at 5-3.
    "(The girls in the field events) are doing great," said Nelson. "Jamie had an awesome personal record, Audrey is doing well, and newcomer Rachel Ganson is doing well in the shot put. We definitely have some girls really stepping up, and we are seeing who the leaders are in certain events."
    Page 2 of 2 - Placing third for Geneseo were Jenna Freebern in the 1600-m run C at 6:21.71, and Bodeen in the 200-m dash A race at 28.45.
    Geneseo's 4x400-m relay of Olson, Ford, Mannon and Waller took third with a time of 4:21.68; while Rachel Ganson placed third in shot put B with a throw of 30-6 1/2.
    Waller placed fourth in the 400-m dash A race at 1:04.28; while DuBois placed fourth in the 60-m dash B race in 8.66.
    Kempher finished fourth in high jump B at 4-6; followed by DuBois who came in fourth in pole vault A at 7-0, and Grace Madigan in long jump C at 13-10 1/4.
    Kirsten Backes finished fifth in the 60-m dash C race in 9.02; while DuBois placed fifth in long jump B at 13-11 1/4.
    Sarah Dellett took sixth in the 1600-m run B race at 6:19.35; while Amber Fobert in eighth in the 1600-m run A race in 6:30.71.
    Courtney Cutlip placed sixth in shot put C at 24-2 1/2; followed by Cortney Backes in sixth in triple jump A at 30-11, and Ford in long jump A at 14-10.
    The Lady Leafs will be in action this weekend at 9 a.m. March 16 at the NIB 12 Indoor Conference Meet in Sterling.
    "I am really excited to see the other half of the conference because they are always really competitive," said Nelson. "I want to see where we stack up. It will be a good measure.
    "I am not as worried about the indoor conference championship. I would like to see the girls' times improve and see where we stack up and what work we need to do."

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