Lady Leafs coach Kyle Morey’s roster has everything.
Second-year coach Kyle Morey’s roster has everything: A state champion, an AAU track star joining the team and a freshmen class that finished runner-up at the IESA state track finals as middle schoolers last year.
Returning state qualifiers Erika Furbeck and Josie Brown will be the duo that leads the way for Geneseo girls’ track team this season.
Geneseo returns defending long jump state champion Furbeck for her senior season, and she already has set the bar high for her title defense this season.
An Iowa State track recruit, Furbeck threw down the second-best distance in the nation reaching a mark of 20’1.5” at the Galesburg Invite in just her second jump of the season last month.
After a breakout sophomore season, the Lady Leafs’ Brown seems poised for a big year.
Last season, Brown just missed out on All-State honors in the 800 by two-hundredths of a second, and she nearly qualified for state in the 1600.
A newcomer, Tori Verbeck joins the Lady Leafs after putting together an impressive AAU career during the summer.
Verbeck finished runner-up in the heptathlon at the AAU Region 14 National Qualifier, and she finished third in the heptathlon at the USATF Iowa Association Junior Olympic Championships.
Verbeck has shown the ability to be a standout thrower, hurdler or high jumper.
“She’s an all-around athlete,” Morey said. “She would like to compete in the multi-events at the next level. We respect that and are helping get her to her goal by using her in a lot of different areas.”
Reece Bodeen was a state qualifier in the 100 hurdles as a sophomore.
A senior, Bodeen has already finished runner-up in the 60 hurdles at the Sterling Invite this season.
A senior, Rebekah Beard missed qualifying for state by a foot in the triple jump last season, and Adia Raya has already hit a PR in the triple jump this season.
After a strong cross country season in the fall, the Leafs’ Julia Poel is off to a solid start running the 400.
A freshman, Geneseo’s Esther Brown finished runner-up in the 400 dash in the IESA in middle school, and she could be a potential breakout candidate.
Abby Reakes has already cleared 5’2” which bests the outdoor state qualifying standard.
After finishing 16th at the IESA state finals, Brenna McGuire has been impressive to start the season.
McGuire is another athlete that can be used in a number of ways this season.
“She’s been able to contribute across the board in a lot of areas,” Morey said. “Her shot put is fantastic, and she’s already over 31’. She’s done well in the long jump and competed well in the sprint races. She’s already impressed early in the season.”
Made up of several members of the Lady Leafs’ gymnastics team, Geneseo’s pole vaulters have found a lot of success to start the indoor season.
Alexys Johnson has a pair of wins already this season, while Evie Wilson and Emily Ryerson tied for first in the indoor opener.
“I really look forward to seeing what this small group of girls can do,” Morey said. “They have already achieved a lot early in the season, and they are just getting started.”