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  • Field athletes lead charge for GHS

  • Geneseo’s field athletes led the way for the GHS boys’ track and field team March 22 at the NIB 12 Indoor Conference Meet in Sterling where the Leafs placed fourth as a team.
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  • Geneseo’s field athletes led the way for the GHS boys’ track and field team March 22 at the NIB 12 Indoor Conference Meet in Sterling where the Leafs placed fourth as a team.
    The field athletes accounted for 44 of the team’s 58 points for the meet.
    “I was thrilled,” said head coach Don Fredericks. “We had a phenomenal meet. The field events really led the way with 76 percent of our points. We were in second for most of the meet, but Dixon and Sycamore edged us in the last couple of events. We had great efforts everywhere I looked.”
    Josh Beard and A.J. Marmion paced the team with second-place finishes. Beard in the triple jump with a leap of 42-6, and Marmion in the shot put with a toss of 51-10.
    Arthur Atwell grabbed a third-place finish for the Leafs in the pole vault as he cleared, 11-9; while Jordan Mielke came in third in the triple jump with a jump of 41-5.
    Will Daniels took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-2; while Mielke placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 20-1, and Nick Verbeck finished fourth in the shot put with a heave of 48-7.
    Gage Sears placed fifth in the high jump at 6-0; while Justin Cain took fifth in the pole vault at 11-3.
    “It is pretty amazing seeing the level of success our high school is having,” said Fredericks. “We are in the role of giant killers and the kids are relishing in that role.”
    Other field results are as follows: Josh Mathis, shot put 21st, 36-2; Andrew Pischke, triple jump, 11th, 38-1; Luke Snyder, long jump, 16th, 17-8 1/2; Ben Cosgrave, long jump, 17th, 17-7; Jacob Verplaetse, pole vault, 12th, 8-9; and Ryan Webster, high jump, seventh, 5-8.
    On the track, the Leafs 4x200-meter relay of Beard, Webster, Aaron Metcalf and August Stamp led the way with a third-place finish in 1 minute and 39.65 seconds.
    Griffin Welfer nabbed a fifth-place finish in the 800-m run in 2:09.70; while David Chenoweth took fifth in the 1600-m run with a time of 4:37.70.
    The 4x400-m relay of Erik Sammons, Welfer, Stamp and Chenoweth rounded out the Top 5 finishes on the track with a time of 3:42.71.
    Other track results are as follows: Nick Fox, 3200-m run, sixth, 10:31.76; Charley  Elden, 10th, 10:47.30; 4x800-m relay of Chenoweth, Tony Gatter, Chaise Blakley and Mitchell Lamb, sixth, 8:42.21; Snyder, 60-m dash, 15th, 7.59; Webster, 60-m dash, 20th, 7.69; and Stamp, 60-m dash, 21st, 7.69.
    Also, Mielke, 60-m hurdles, seventh, 9.11; Pischke, 60-m hurdles, ninth, 9.37; Cosgrave, 60-m hurdles, 15th, 10.04; Gabe Johnson, 800-m run, 10th, 2:12.66; Cayson Frerichs, 800-m run, 11th, 2:12.78; Sammons, 400-m dash, 11th, 56.09; Pischke, 400-m dash, 23rd, 59.63; and Sears, 400-m dash, 24th, 1:00.92.
    Page 2 of 2 - Also, Nathan Soria, 1600-m run, seventh, 4:43.81; Blakley, 1600-m run, 14th, 4:53.83; Beard, 200-m dash, eighth, 24.29; Webster, 200-m dash, 12th, 24.92; and Snyder, 200-m dash, 16th, 25.46.
    “Everywhere we look, we are seeing progress,” said Fredericks. “We stepped it up every week, but yet we are training to peak at state meet time. We know we have several more steps to climb as far as improvement and that is exciting.”
    Geneseo will have several athletes in action this weekend at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet at 8 a.m. March 29 at Illinois Wesleyan.
    The Leafs will next host Sterling at 4:30 p.m. April 3.
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