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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • GHS alumni excel in track & softball

  • The college spring sports seasons have come to an end with several Geneseo graduates making a big impact at their respective schools.
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  • The college spring sports seasons have come to an end with several Geneseo graduates making a big impact at their respective schools.
    Curt Jensen, senior thrower for Illinois State University, led the way for Geneseo alumni in track and field.
    Jensen earned All-American honors at the NCAA Nationals with an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 63-11 1/2. He also placed second in the conference in the shot put with a toss of 64-4 1/2 and fourth in the NCAA Regional with a throw of 64 1/4 to advance to nationals.
    Jensen scored a personal best, along with a conference and ISU record, at the Redbird Invite in the shot put with a throw of 66-8 1/2 to claim first-place honors. He also took home first in the shot at the Drake Relays with a throw of 63-04 and first at the Jesse Owens Invite at 66-3 3/4. He finished third at the Sea Ray Invite at 63-02.
    In the discus, Jensen had a personal best throw of 178-07 at the Redbird Invite to take second; followed by third at the Bill Cornell Invite at 167-01 and third at the conference meet at 169-06. He placed fourth at the Jesse Owens Invite at 168-07; fifth at the Sea Ray Invite at 175-03 and seventh at the Drake Relays at 177-04.
    Jensen’s highest finish in the hammer throw was fourth at the Bill Cornell Invite at 193-06 and the Redbird Invite at 179-07. He took home fifth at the conference meet with a toss of 191-09 and at the Big Blue Invite at 191-03. He finished 12th at the Sea Ray Invite at 183-07 and had a throw of 187-07 at the Jesse Owens Invite.
    Jensen was honored as Athlete of the Week by the Missouri Valley Conference fourth consecutive times this season.
    Kaci Storm, a sophomore hurdler for the Iowa State University women’s track and field team, helped the Iowa State 4x100-meter relay team place eighth at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 48.31 seconds.
    Storm had a personal record in the 100-m hurdles at the Musco Twilight meet in 10th place with a time of 14.87; while she her highest finish this season with fifth in the 400-m hurdles at the Musco Twilight Meet in 1:06.38. She and her 4x100-m relay teammates took fourth at the Musco Twilight Meet in 48.01.
    Storm placed seventh in the 400-m hurdles in 1:05.88 at the Jim Duncan Invite and 11th in the 100-m hurdles in 15.95; while at the Kansas Relays she placed 27th in the 100-m hurdles prelims at 15.28 and 17th in the 400-m hurdles prelims at 1:05.31.
    Kyle Reiling, sophomore runner for the North Central men’s track and field team, competed in four meets this season.
    Page 2 of 3 - He finished in 9:33.38 in the 3,000 meters at the Ben U Invite; while he came in at 15:48.92 in the 5,000 meters at the Chicagoland Outdoors and 15:50.13 in the 5,000 meters at the Wheaton Twilight. In the 10,000 meters, Reiling crossed the finish line in 33:11.97 at the Wheaton Invite.
    Freshman Ethan Reschke started his collegiate track career at Monmouth College where he captured second at the Midwest Conference Meet in the 400-m dash in 48.12, and won the Monmouth Invite in the 400-m dash with a time of 48.52.
    Reschke also was part of the 4x400-m relay that won the conference meet in 3:16.57 and the Monmouth Invite in 3:16.14. The 4x400-m relay placed third in the prelims at Nationals in 3:11.09, and won the Last Chance Qualifier at North Central in 3:14.32.
    He placed 13th in the 400-m dash at Nationals in 48.60; while he came in fifth in the 400-m dash at the Last Chance Qualifier in 49.23, and fourth in the 200-m dash at the Loras Open in 22.84. He also took home second in the 400-m dash at the Ashford Open in 50.25; third at the Lee Calhoun Invite in 48.86; and sixth at the Augie Meet of Champions in 49.10.
    Reschke finished fifth in the 200-m dash at the Viking Olympics in 22.77; 11th at the Lee Calhoun Invite in 23.29 and seventh at the Augie Meet of Champions in 22.35. He was a member of the 4x400-m relay that took first at the Ashford Open in 3:22.44; second at the Lee Calhoun Invite in 3:15.47; third at the Augie Meet of Champions in 3:16.86 and 14th in the Drake Relays Prelims at 3:14.87.
    Jordan Reschke, a freshman member of the Monmouth College men’s track and field team, competed in the 200 and 400-m dash events during his first year.
    Reschke took 28th in the 200-m dash in 25.71 at the Ashford Open; 52nd in 25.39 at the Augie Meet of Champions and 29th at the Monmouth Invite in 24.95. He took 26th in the 400-m dash in 58.13 at the Loras Open and 20th at the Monmouth Invite in 57.34.
    Paige Gatter, a sophomore member of the Lewis University women’s track and field team, saw competition in five meets this season.
    She placed 14th in the 3,000 steeplechase at the conference meet in 12:05.17; followed by 10th in the 3,000 steeplechase in 12:35.09 at the Wash. U Invite; and 12th in the 3,000 steeple chase in 12:12.35 at the Gina Relays.
    Gatter also took 10th in the 1500-m run at 5:12.94 at the Cougar Invite and 24th in the 1500-m run in 5:04.75 at the Bellarmine University Invite.
    Kelcey Adams was a freshmen member of the Benedictine women’s track and field team. No results were available for her this season.
    Cam Yeater was a freshman member of the Lincoln College men’s track and field team. No results were available for him this season.
    Page 3 of 3 - Amanda Egan, a junior, redshirted during this year’s Bellarmine track and field season.
    Hannah Waller, a freshmen member of the St. Ambrose University women’s track and field team, saw limited action and battled an injury during the outdoor season.
    Geneseo graduates Kassi Anderson and Karissa Herrman concluded their sophomore years with the Black Hawk College softball team this season.
    Anderson played in 44 games where she had 122 at bats, 44 hits, nine doubles, one triple, five home runs, 26 RBIs and scored 27 runs.
    Herrman also played in 44 games where she had 139 at bats, 35 hits, 21 RBIs and scored 25 runs.
    Black Hawk ended the year at 31-13 overall and 15-3 in the conference. Black Hawk’s season came to an end in a 6-2 loss to Illinois College in the Division II National Championship fifth round.
    Jessica (Murray) Ryckeghem, a freshman outfielder for the Lake Land College softball team, saw action in 26 games where she had 21 at bats, three hits, one RBI and scored nine runs. Lake Land finished 53-12 overall and 26-4 in the conference.
    Taylor Wise, sophomore first baseman for the Kirkwood Community College softball team, played in 28 games, had 46 at bats, 14 hits, three doubles, three home runs, 17 RBIs and scored seven runs. Kirkwood finished the year at 52-8 overall and 22-2 in the conference.
    Maggie Bergeson redshirted this season with the Ashford University softball team.

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