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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Lady Leaf track team places first

  • Behind 10 first-place finishes, the Geneseo girls’ track and field team defended its home turf and captured first place ahead of Moline and Galesburg April 22.
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  • Behind 10 first-place finishes, the Geneseo girls’ track and field team defended its home turf and captured first place ahead of Moline and Galesburg April 22.
    “It was one of our first days of having good weather and a good opportunity to see where we are at in good weather,” said head coach Joni Nelson. “The results were good for us, and we are where we need to be.”
    Audrey Anderson grabbed first-place honors in the shot put with a throw of 35-8 1/2; while Maggie Schlindwein finished first in the 3200-meter run as she took the tape in 13 minutes and 16.15 seconds.
    Hanna Vanderheyden nabbed first place in the 100-m hurdles with a time of 16.16; while Hannah Waller won the 300-m hurdles in 47.51.
    Amber Fobert finished first in the 800-m run in 2:42.99; followed by Halle Olson in first in the 400-m dash at 1:02.33. Jamie DeFauw tied for first in the high jump with a leap of 4-10.
    “It is nice when you have a triangular because some girls who wouldn’t usually place that high did, and you get some unexpected results,” said Nelson. “It is nice to race in that atmosphere.”
    The 4x800-m relay grabbed first place with a time of 10:07.4; while the 4x200-m relay took first in 1:49.33, and the 4x400-m relay crossed the finish line in first at 4:12.70.
    Placing second in the field for the Lady Leafs were Anderson, discus, 100-0; Ashley Kempher, long jump, 15-0; and Grace Madigan, triple jump, 33-4.
    Morgan Kelly took second in the 3200-m run with a time of 13:17.65; followed by Waller in the 100-m hurdles at 16.73, and Anna Wise in the 100-m dash with a time of 13.59 and the 300-m hurdles in 49.64. Jenna Freebern finished second in the 1600-m run at 6:11.92.
    Megan DuBois finished third in the long jump at 14-10 1/2 and pole vault with a mark of 7-6; while Rachel Ganson placed third in the shot put with a heave of 32-3.
    Sarah Dellett came in third in the 3200-m run with a time of 13:46.29; followed by Madigan in third in the 400-m dash at 1:06.89.
    Geneseo’s 4x100-m relay also took third in 53.39.
    Finishing fourth for Geneseo were Ganson, discus, 87-7 1/2; Madigan, long jump, 14-9 1/2; Backes, triple jump, 31-4 1/2; Miller, 800-m run, 2:50.63; and Vanderheyden, 300-m hurdles, 53.41.
    “It is a building year in the field events, but we are really making strides and getting new people to do field events,” said Nelson. “(On the track) we have progressed really well, and our times are where they need to be.”
    The Lady Leafs will be in action today at 4:30 p.m. at the Sterling Relays.
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