The Lady Leafs defended their Rock?Island Invitational title by claiming four of the top 5 spots to capture the title for the second year in a row Sept. 24. The boys’ team also had a successful night on the course taking second falling to UT in a sixth runner tiebreaker.


The Lady Leafs defended their Rock?Island Invitational title by claiming four of the top 5 spots to capture the title for the second year in a row Sept. 24. The boys’ team also had a successful night on the course taking second falling to UT in a sixth runner tiebreaker.

“Well the girls were the defending champions, but I was not expecting to take four of the top five places,” said head coach Don Fredericks.

Emily Ford paced the girls taking first and crossing the finish line with a time of 18 minutes and 40 seconds. Paige Gatter followed in second place with a time of 19:27 and Jessa Coulter in fourth at 19:53. Morgan Kelly rounded out the top 5 in 19:56.

Jenny Ford placed 12th overall in 20:11, while Hilary Lohman finished in 21:22 and Kelsey Klein in 21:59. Britta Conrad ended the race with a time of 23:32, followed by Amanda Morse in 24:52; Brittany Mielke, 26:42; Chelsea Rahmus, 29:23 and Haley Henderson, 31:25.

“It was a great opportunity for our team,” said Fredericks. “Rock Island girls’ team is vastly improved and went out hard, but our girls did a good job of not panicking. It was very exciting and a lot of good things happened up and down the line up.”

In the boys’ race, Jordan Starkey led Geneseo in fourth place overall with a time of 16:11, while Kyle Reiling took fifth in 16:14.

“The boys tied for first, but lost in the tiebreaker so we took second,” said Fredericks.?“They really closed the gap and ran really tough. The guys did a great job.”

Thomas Sigwalt finished the race in ninth at 16:34, while Branden Smith placed 21st in 17:20 and Marcus Gagnon in 23rd at 17:25. Daniel Hanford ended the race in 18:12 and Tyler Rusk, 18:49.

“Marcus and Branden did a great job and it is exciting because they are improving,” said Fredericks.

John Mullin finished with a time of 19:21, followed by Jesse Mohr, 19:52; Trevor Specht, 21:30; Tom Dellett, 22:04; Josh Lawson, 22:07; and Mickey Christensen, 22:11.

In the freshman/sophomore girls’ race, the Lady Leafs took third. Halle Olson placed sixth with a time of 21:08, followed by Sarah Dellett, 10th, 21:48; Amber Fobert, 11th, 21:49; Cortney?Backes, 18th, 23:16; Jenny?Bergles, 22nd, 23:44 and Jenna Whipple, 31:38.

The freshman/sophomore boys’ team placed fourth overall. Mitchell Lamb took 13th in 18:12; Tony?Gatter, 15th, 18:19; Mitchell Lawson, 26th, 19:14; Chaise Blakley, 27th, 19:17; Bryce Gramling, 38th, 20:14; Seth?Stewart, 20:18; Evan Koisti, 20:33; Jay Wilson, 22:14; Brian Bordwell, 23:14; Alec Damitz, 23:23; Hunter Kuffel, 24:34; and Michael Neuwohner, 27:16.

“We are still improving and still putting some pieces of the puzzle together,” said Fredericks. “We will have a formidable team when it comes to championship meet season. It is all about being at our best when championship meet season roles around.”

Geneseo has a weekend off and will return to action at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Sterling Invite.