Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck and Jane Thomas announced their college plans during a fall signing day ceremony.

Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck and Jane Thomas announced their college plans during a fall signing day ceremony.

Furbeck and Thomas donned their college colors surrounded by friends, family, and coaches in the Geneseo High School Gym, on Nov. 13.

Furbeck signed her letter of intent to compete in track and field at Iowa State University, and Thomas signed to play softball at St. Ambrose University.

Geneseo’s Furbeck finished her junior season as the Class 2A long jump champion (19’5”), and she earned All-State honors in three events.

Furbeck has collected six career state medals which ties her with Kaci Storm (Iowa State grad) as the most decorated track athlete in school history.

“I really enjoyed sharing my signing day with my coaches, family, and friends because it felt like a huge celebration,” Furbeck said. “Everyone there was so happy to see Jane and I sign, which made me feel truly supported and encouraged by the community.”

Thomas was drawn to the nursing program and liked the small school feel of the Davenport, Iowa, campus.

“I was looking at a few schools,” Thomas said. “(St. Ambrose) has a really successful nursing program, so I figured I would go with the one that will help me with my future after sports.”

A three-sport athlete in tennis, basketball and softball, Thomas finished her junior year with an 18-5 record in the circle for Geneseo.

Thomas earned the Lady Leafs’ defensive MVP award and Northern Illinois Big 12 All-Conference honors.

Thomas saw herself fitting right in with the team after having the opportunity to share a meal with the Queen Bees’ players, including former Geneseo teammate Carley Rusk.

“There were a few grad assistants that I thought were really good coaches and people I thought I would fit in with,” Thomas said. “When I went to lunch with the team, I could see myself being there.”

With the recruiting trail out of the way, Thomas can focus on enjoying her final season of high school basketball and softball.

“I just want to savor my last year with my teammates because I’m never going to get these high school years back,” Thomas said. “I want to make it as far as I can with my teams.”