The Maple Leafs had their run of run of three consecutive Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference titles come to an end finishing fifth in Yorkville on May 11.

The Maple Leafs had their run of run of three consecutive Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference titles come to an end finishing fifth in Yorkville on May 11.

Nick Swartzendruber performance will still enough to help lift Geneseo to top finish among the NIB 12 West teams, and Kaneland won the overall team title with a powerhouse squad.

With the conditions in the 50’s and a strong wind reaching double digits blowing across the track, Coach Don Fredericks said it was a tough day for all the athletes as he was essentially wearing his winter gear by the end of the meet.

“We had a lot of brave efforts in challenging conditions,” Fredericks said.

A senior, Geneseo’s Swartzendruber was a champion of the 400-meter dash in 50.47, and he added a comfortable win in the 800 in 1:59.72.

The Maple Leafs’ Reed Vanderheyden hurt his knee in a warmup, and he was limping following the 110-high hurdles, but he still managed to finish third in 15.08.

“Ultimately what matters is his future and the team’s future,” Fredericks said.

With the sectional meet coming on Wednesday, May 16, Fredericks decided to pull Vanderheyden for the remainder of the meet.

A junior, Colton Pischke was able to rise to the challenge stepping up in the 300 hurdles to finish third in 40.84.

Pischke finished sixth in the 110 hurdles in 15.41.

Geneseo’s 4x400 relay team of Pischke, Kaden Rink, Peter Rizzo and Swartzendruber raced to second place in 3:32.87.

After Raymond Venneberg broke his elbow and went down for the season and Jack Morrell broke an ankle, Geneseo was looking for answers in the pole vault.

However, Cameron Darin stepped up and captured fifth clearing 12’, and Nate Clark-Holke landed sixth place clearing 11’6”.

“To lose those two guys, and still have a guy place at the varsity level was huge,” Fredericks said.

The Maple Leafs’ Rink finished fourth in the 800 in 2:05.72, and illy Blaser claimed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 46’8”.

A senior, Blake Duncan ran down fifth in the 3200 in 4:46.33, and Nathan Lambert claimed sixth in the high jump clearing 5’8”.

Geneseo’s 4x100 relay team of Jordan Seeley,

Vanderheyden, Pischke and Nick Swartzendruber finished fifth in 44.24.

In the 4x800 relay, Geneseo’s Neo Colter, Peter Rizzo, Rafe Morrison and Spencer Lindstrom ran down fifth place in 9:03.29.

Geneseo’s 4x200 relay team of Kyle Hofer, Seeley, Andrew Rizzo and Lambert landed in sixth place in the event in 1:37.84.