The Geneseo boys’ track and field team is sending four individuals and one relay to this weekend’s IHSA State Finals with the Leafs earning spots at the May 17 Plano Sectional.
A.J. Marmion led the charge as he advanced in both the shot put and discus. Marmion finished third in the shot put with a toss of 51-6 1/2, and third in the discus with a throw of 172-11.
“A.J. had a tremendous meet,” said head coach Don Fredericks. “It was raining for the discus and he threw the second farthest in school history in the rain. He has just exploded. He is on fire and, look out, because he is not done. He is really on a roll.”
Jordan Starkey punched his ticket to the state finals in the 3200-meter run with a second-place finish in 9 minutes and 38.90 seconds; while Mitchell Lawson placed second in the 800-m run to earn a spot in the state finals with a time of 2:05.09.
“Jordan had an 11-second season best in the 3200 and an eight second lifetime best. It was a monster race for him,” said Fredericks. “He has had a phenomenal career and what a great way to exit, but we are hoping for more this weekend.
“Mitchell in the 800 was really a shock because he doubled back in the 4x800-m relay and 800-m run, which is really difficult. He was back in sixth place with 200 meters to go, but busted his way up through the pack. I am very happy for him and it is amazing how far he has come.”
Ethan Reschke claimed a spot in the state finals with a second-place finish in the 400-m dash as he crossed the finish line in 50.64.
“After being out for the last two years with injuries, Ethan is now banging on the door to make it to the finals at the state finals,” said Fredericks. “It is mind-boggling and is so inspirational. It is so awesome to see him get a chance to chase his dreams. You never want to underestimate senior pride.”
The 4x800-m relay of David Chenoweth, Mitchell Lamb, Chaise Blakley and Lawson also is headed to state after a second-place finish in 8:17.63 at sectionals.
“The 4x800 relay ran with a lot of passion and purpose,” said Fredericks. “They ran four seconds faster than they ever had and ran a tremendous race. This is a huge accomplishment.”
Geneseo finished third as a team at the sectional meet.
Other sectional results include: Luke Snyder, eighth in the 100-m dash, 11.89 and seventh in the 200-m dash, 24.68; Erik Sammons, seventh, 400-m dash, 53.78; Lamb, 14th, 800-m run, 2:18.76; and Nick Fox, ninth, 3200-m run, 10:37.41.
Page 2 of 2 - Starkey placed sixth in the 1600-m run in 4:38.04; Chenoweth, 10th, 1600-m run, 4:47.51; Dugan Kuffel, fifth, 110-m hurdles, 16.36; and Justin Seeley, seventh, 300-m hurdles, 43.77.
The 4x100-m relay of Snyder, Seeley, Chase Cahalan and Reschke took fifth in 44.81; the 4x400-m relay of Reschke, Kuffel, Josh Beard and Lawson came in fourth in 3:31.29.
In the field, Beard, eighth, long jump, 20-7 1/2 and sixth, triple jump, 42-1 3/4; Jordan Mielke, seventh, triple jump, 41-8 3/4; Nick Verbeck, sixth, shot put, 49-10 1/4 and seventh, discus, 135-0; Will Daniels, seventh, high jump, 5-11; Gage Sears, 13th, high jump, 5-9; Jay Wilson, fourth, pole vault, 12-9 and Alex Platz, fourth, pole vault, 12-9.
The Leafs will be in action at the IHSA State Finals in Charleston May 24-25.
“It is the state championship so we will see the best of the best, and this is the competition you train for and dream for,” said Fredericks. “It is a real special situation for these young men because most kids never accomplish this. We are really proud of them and they have worked their rear ends off to attain this.”