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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs battle and win McCormick

  • The Geneseo boys’ track and field team earned a monster win May 9 as the Leafs surprised the field and captured the John McCormick ABC Invite title.
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  • The Geneseo boys’ track and field team earned a monster win May 9 as the Leafs surprised the field and captured the John McCormick ABC Invite title.
    “Metamora was definitely the favorite, and for us to win it was close,” said head coach Don Fredericks. “It was a real special night and a lot of kids stepped up and had personal bests. For us to win made it all the better and it was a real nice way for the senior class to be recognized.”
    Helping lead the charge were a contingent of first-place finishers including: A. J. Marmion in discus A with a throw of 170-03; Nick Verbeck in discus B at 149-06 and shot put B at 52-0; Will Daniels in high jump A with a leap of 6-4 and 110-m A hurdles in 17.29 seconds; and Ryan Webster in high jump C at 5-10.
    Arthur Atwell grabbed a first-place finish in the pole vault as he cleared 12-6; followed by Josh Beard in the triple jump with a leap of 43-01; Andrew Pischke in the 110-m B hurdles at 16.01; and August Stamp in the 200-m C dash at 23.48.
    “We had 10 first-place finishes that is huge and a whole bunch of seconds and thirds,” said Fredericks. “They were fighting for points everywhere I looked. The kids did a great job.”
    Nabbing second-place finishes were: Webster in long jump B at 19-10 3/4; Marmion in shot put A with a toss of 53-03; the 4x800-m A relay of David Chenoweth, Griffin Welfer, Chaise Blakley and Mitchell Lamb in 8:25.47; Cayson Frerichs in the 800-m B run at 2:07.50; Ben Cosgrave in the 300-m C hurdles in 43.39; Blakely in the 1600-m C run in 4:49.23; and the 4x400-m B relay of Cosgrave, Frerichs, Josiah Cropp and Jordan Mielke in 3:38.88.
    Placing third for the Leafs were: Gage Sears in high jump B with a height of 5-8 and triple jump B at 38-6 1/4; Mielke in long jump A at 20-01; the 4x800-m B relay of Tony Gatter, Charlie Schlindwein, Luke Johnson and Frerichs in 9:22.28; and the 4x100-m B relay of Jared Matthews, Pischke, Cosgrave and Cropp with a time of 48.01.
    The 4x200-m B relay of Matthews, Sears, Cropp and Daniels took third in 1:41.20; followed by Erik Sammons in third in the 400-m B dash in 54.92 and Beard in the 400-m A dash at 52.41 and Chenoweth in the 1600-m A run in 4:28.78.
    Finishing fourth were: Cosgrave in long jump C with a mark of 17-11; Justin Cain in pole vault B at 10-6; Pischke in triple jump C at 37-01; Gabe Johnson in the 3200-m C run with a time of 10:38.06; Charley Elden in the 3200-m B run in 10:50.17; and Luke Snyder in the 100-m C dash in 11.79.
    Page 2 of 2 - Welfer finished in fourth in the 300-m B hurdles with a time of 43.86; while the 4x400-m A relay of Stamp, Welfer, Sammons and Chenoweth came in fourth in 3:34.17.
    Rounding out the Top 5 finishes were: Mielke in fifth in the 110-m A hurdles with a time of 15.63; Webster in the 100-m B dash in 11.74; Gatter in the 800-m C run at 2:14.96; and Ian Ramsey in the 400-m C dash in 58.06.
    Other results are as follows: Jacob Eaker, discus C, ninth, 104-10; Payton DeMay, pole vault C, seventh, 8-0; 4x100-m A relay of Snyder, Beard, Stamp and Ryan Pitra, seventh, 45.55; Nathan Soria, 3200-m A run, eighth, 10:54.08 and 1600-m B run, eighth, 5:02.81; Pitra, 100-m A dash, 12th, 11.76; Lamb, 800-m A run, 10th, 2:12.24; the 4x200-m A relay of Snyder, Stamp, Pitra and Webster, seventh, 1:36.28; and Mielke, 300-m A hurdles, eighth, 42.39.
    “The hurdlers looked phenomenal,” said Fredericks. “Our throwers were great with A.J. setting a new senior school record in the discus, and Nick went over the state qualifying marks in the shot put and discus, and is really coming on.”
    The Leafs will compete for the conference title at the 3 p.m. today at Kaneland.
    “Kaneland is the favorite, and Dixon is looking to upset them,” said Fredericks. “Our conference is extremely difficult, so we need to step up to the level of the competition and go for personal bests and go for as many points as we can get. I know this team has a whole bunch of fighters and they are rounding into the form we had hoped for.”

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