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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs advance five; win sectional crown

  • It was a big night in Mendota for the Geneseo boys’ track and field team May 23 with the Leafs sending five athletes to the state finals in five different events, and capturing the program’s first-ever sectional title.
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  • It was a big night in Mendota for the Geneseo boys’ track and field team May 23 with the Leafs sending five athletes to the state finals in five different events, and capturing the program’s first-ever sectional title.
    “On seeds, the favorite was Plano, a very talented team with a bunch of returning all staters, and we were seeded second,” said head coach Don Fredericks. “Our team outscored our seeds all season long, and the trend continued. It was a real exciting night, and our field events got us out to a great start with 72 percent of our points.
    “When it was announced we had won the sectional the guys went nuts. I’ve been doing this for a long time and there are very few firsts left in my career, and this was one of them.”
    Geneseo’s senior throwing duo of A.J. Marmion and Nick Verbeck dominated the shot put and discus events.
    Marmion, who will make his third trip to state, nabbed sectional championships in both events as he won the shot put with a toss of 54-7 and the discus with a mark of 165-03; while Verbeck, who is making his first appearance at state, captured second in the discus with a throw of 149-03 and third in the shot put with a mark of 50-11 1/2.
    “A.J. had huge throws in the shot put and discus, and Nick made it to state on his last throw in the shot put,” said Fredericks. “So many great things happened.”
    Arthur Atwell earned his first trip to state in the pole vault as he won the event. He cleared 13-6; while Will Daniels, also making his first trip to state, jumped 6-3 to place second in the high jump and punch his ticket to state.
    “Arthur not only won the pole vault and got the state qualifying mark, but he set a new sophomore record,” said Fredericks. “Will hit the automatic qualifying mark to take second, and is another sophomore going to state, which will be a huge experience for Arthur and Will.”
    David Chenoweth, making his second trip to state, was the lone qualifier on the track for Geneseo in the 1600-meter run where he took second with a time of 4 minutes and 42.01 seconds.
    “We did very well on the track, but only had one qualifier in David Chenoweth in the 1600-m run,” said Fredericks. “We had good weather for all the track events except the 1600-m run when the wind kicked up, which affected the times, but the Top 2 finishers go.”
    Other sectional results for the Leafs include:
    Page 2 of 2 - 100-m dash prelims: Ryan Pitra, 14th, 12.02 and Ryan Webster, 20th, 12.17. 200-m dash prelims: Pitra, 12th, 24.01; 400-m dash: August Stamp, sixth, 52.91 and Erik Sammons, ninth, 53.36; 800-m run: Mitchell Lamb, fourth, 2:02.39 and Cayson Frerichs, eighth, 2:07.40; 1600-m run: Gabe Johnson, eighth, 4:55.60; and 3200-m run: Nathan Soria, sixth, 10:41.66 and Charley Elden, seventh, 10:48.56.
    110-m hurdles: Jordan Mielke, third, 15.74 and Andrew Pischke, sixth, 16.19; 300-m hurdles: Mielke, third, 40.94 an Ben Cosgrave, 15th, 46.33; 4x200-m relay of Pitra, Josiah Cropp, Jared Matthew and Webster, 10th, 1:39.12; 4x400-m relay of Stamp, Mielke, Sammons and Griffin Welfer, sixth, 3:36.00; and 4x800-m relay of Chenoweth, Welfer, Chaise Blakley and Lamb, third, 8:42.45.
    Pole vault: Justin Cain, seventh, 11-6; long jump: Mielke, fourth, 20-6 and Webster, seventh, 19-3; and triple jump: Pischke, sixth, 38-10.
    The Leafs will be in action in the IHSA State Finals May 30-31 in Charleston.
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