Fredericks has the Maple Leafs thinking about just one thing, and Geneseo started the outdoor season with a triangular.
Some runners focus on an object in the distance to keep them focused and avoid fatigue.
Retiring at the end of the school year, Geneseo boys’ track coach Don Fredericks isn’t thinking about nearing the finish line or what comes next.
This season, Fredericks spends each day with a singular focus — making today count.
“I have no clue how many days I have left,” Fredericks said. “I don’t want to know. I love my job as much as anyone could. Not every day has been perfect, but I never have truly felt like I go to work. It’s like I go to play.”
Fredericks has woven that mantra into the season as a loaded Maple Leafs roster gears up for the outdoor season.
Two years removed from a state trophy, the Maple Leafs begin the outdoor track season with the two most decorated track athletes returning.
GHS’ Reed Vanderheyden and Nick Swartzendruber have a combined 13 All-State Awards.
Last season, the duo were a part of the Maple Leafs’ 4x400-meter relay team that became the first Geneseo relay team to win a state title in school history.
Geneseo’s Vanderheyden is coming off a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles, and Swartzendruber was seventh in the 400 dash.
Another returning state qualifier, Geneseo’s Ryver Griffin earned his first state berth in the triple jump last season.
After just missing a state trophy last season, the Maple Leafs will all be working to make Fredericks’ final season a memorable one.
The Maple Leafs hosted a triangular to open the outdoor season and earned victories in 10 different events.
Geneseo’s Nathan Lambert was the high jump winner clearing a height of 6’, at Bob Reade Field, on March 29.
A senior, Lambert was runner-up in the long jump (19’3.0”), and he added a win running a leg of the Maple Leafs’ 4x200-meter relay.
Geneseo’s Nathan Curran, Billy Cosgrave, Max Bealer and Lambert ran down first place with a time of 1:41.09.
Colton Pischke won the 110 high hurdles 15.40, and the junior added a 300 intermediate hurdles win in 42.61.
Swartzendruber won the 200 dash in 23.00, and the senior added a victory in the 400 in 50.36.
Cameron Darin was the winner of the pole vault clearing 11’6”, and Griffin was the triple jump champion with a distance of 37’9.5”.
Geneseo’s Blake Duncan charged his way to a win in the 3200 in 10:31.91, and the senior was runner-up in the 1600 in 4:51.41.
The Maple Leafs’ 4x100-relay team of Pischke, Jordan Seeley, Mason Jones and Swartzendruber raced to the title in 45.71.
Geneseo’s Kyle Hofer was runner-up in the 110 high hurdles in 18.08, and Luke Sebastian was runner-up in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 45.09.
Peter Rizzo was second for Geneseo in the 400 dash in 56.17, and Raymond Venneberg finished second in the pole vault clearing 11’.
Geneseo’s 4x800-relay team of Spencer Lindstrom, Christian Booth, Adam Wells and Rafe Morrison landed second in 9:41.60.
The Leafs’ 4x400-relay team of Nathan Carroll, Sebastian, Rizzo and Logan Hansen finished second in 3:56.86.
Max Bealer ran down third place in the 100 dash (12.44).
Alex McAvoy finished third in the shot put (37’11”) and third in the discus 123’6”.