Geneseo's Furbeck wins long jump title at Top Times.
Nothing seems to rattle Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck.
Considered to be the
unofficial indoor state meet for track and field, Furbeck posted a record jump (19’8.5”) in the Class 2A Illinois Top Times long jump competition.
After earning her first Top Times title in her career, the defending long jump state champion had a question for Geneseo Coach Kyle Morey.
“‘Do you think we can get ice cream later?’” Morey
recalled Furbeck asking. “It shows that she’s not too stressed out about the whole situation.”
The cherry on top was the title came against a loaded long jump field at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center on Mach 24.
Chicago Brooks’ Imani Carothers had eclipsed the Class 2A long jump record earlier in the meet with
a distance of 19’6.5”,
and Springfield Southeast’s
Serena Bolden landed third with a distance of 19’4.75”.
The 2016 long jump
state champion Carothers currently has the fifth-best long jump mark in the nation (19’11.75”).
Geneseo’s Furbeck and Carothers have swapped the top two spots in the state
the past two years, and the friendly rivalry pushes them to new heights.
“The competition seems
to help them both step up
another level every time they compete,” Morey said.
Bolden is another major contender currently ninth (19’6”) in the nation in the long jump after finishing fourth at state last season.
In the 60-meter dash, Furbeck added a fourth-place finish in 7.88.
In just her second 800 race of the season, Josie Brown raced to seventh in 2:22.05.
With the top 12 earning a spot among the Top Times’ 800 field, Brown was 13th until someone scratched ahead of her before the weekend.
“As the last one into the field, to have her go in and understand she can compete with these girls is an awesome take away for her,” Morey said.
A freshman, the Lady Leafs’ Abby Reakes cleared 5’2” for the third consecutive week to finish sixth in the high jump making her the highest freshman finisher in the field.
“One big thing we could see out of Abby this weekend was the big stage didn’t rattle her,” Morey said. “She was out there, she was comfortable and she cleared 4’10” which was the highest opening height she come in at so far. She cleared 5’ and didn’t have any misses which really boosted her position.”
In just her second hurdles race after coming back from hip surgery, Tori Verbeck raced to 17th place in the 60 hurdles with a time of 10.19.
“She ran a strong race,” Morey said. “Anytime you are in a race with Imani Carothers, who broke the record in that race too, it’s a good measuring stick to see where you are at.”