Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck qualified for state in three events, and the Lady Leafs’ Josie Brown earned her first berth to state in track and field.

Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck qualified for state in three events, and the Lady Leafs’ Josie Brown earned her first berth to state in track and field.

Furbeck broke a school record in the 200-meter dash to win the event in 25.27 at the Class 2A Genoa-Kingston Sectional on May 12.

Furbeck surpassed her own record time she had set in the 200 just a week ago (25.59), and she looks primed for a great run at state.

A junior, Furbeck was a sectional champion in the 100 dash qualifying for state in 12.23.

A three-time state medalist in the long jump, Furbeck won the long jump with a distance of 18’9”.

Geneseo Coach Kyle Morey thinks Furbeck’s ability to never back down from a challenge will push her to the next level.

Furbeck will be competing at state in a loaded long jump field which includes defending long jump champion Imani Carothers from Chicago Brooks.

“When there is someone there who is pushing her, she always steps up to the next level,” Morey said. “It seems like when we go to Rocky Invite where the competition is really good she has a PR every year, and the last two years at state she had a PR. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 20 foot jump out of her just because of the level of competition.”

Another Geneseo athlete who is alway ready to meet the challenge is Brown.

After missing most of her freshman track season with an injury, Brown qualified for state in the 800 with a PR time of 2:19.9.

“She’s a competitor,” Morey said. “She doesn’t know how to hold herself back which is where she’s had some

injuries in the past because she can not lose. She has more drive than anyone I know or anyone I’ve worked with.”

Brown had only run the 1600 a few times this season, but she nearly met the qualifying standard (5:21.0) for state in the event with a time of 5:22.7.

Geneseo’s throwers continue to impress in the discus and shot put.

The Leafs’ Lindsey Francque finished fourth with a PR throw of 109’6”, and Katie Beeson finished eighth with a throw of 96’9”.

In the shot put, Geneseo’s Kelsey Olson came in 10th-place with a throw of 31’2”, and Morgan May landed 17th with a throw of 27’4.5”.

“We’ve had several of them reach new marks this year,” Morey said. “It’s been exciting to see that, and we’ve had more points coming out of our throws than the past several seasons.”

Rebekah Beard missed the qualifying standard by a foot in the triple jump taking third with a distance of 33’8”, and Adia Raya came in 23rd with a distance of 26’11.75”.

Geneseo’s Reece Bodeen finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.58, and Madison Munoz finished sixth in 16.83.

Geneseo’s Julia Poel was fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:03.3, and Dani Clary finished seventh in the high jump clearing 4’9”.

Bodeen was eighth in the 300 hurdles in 50.52, and Raelynn Versluys finished 14th finishing the event in 53.01.

GHS’ Clary finished ninth in the 200 in 28.04, and Alexys Johnson came in ninth in the long jump with a distance of 14’11.5”.

Johnson finished ninth in the pole vault clearing 8’, and Anna Girten finished 13th in the 800 with a time of 2:37.1.

Claire Hall finished 16th in the 1600 in 5:55.3, and Isabel Sierra finished 23rd in the 100 dash in 14.28.

Geneseo finished fourth in the team competition among a 16-team field, and NIB 12 rival Kaneland won the sectional title.