Erika Furbeck does not shy away from the big moments.

Erika Furbeck does not shy away from the big moments.

A sophomore, Geneseo’s Furbeck watched Chicago Brooks’ Imani Carothers reach an unthinkable mark of 19’5.75 inches in the Class 2A state long jump.

Furbeck was undeterred by seeing a state record jump, and she used it as motivation to push herself at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston on May 20-21.

“‘Doubting kills more dreams than failure ever does,’” Furbeck said. “Having that mindset has helped me have a positive outlook and kept me focused.”

Furbeck made history of her own with a jump of 19’0.5” on her final jump of the day which earned her second place in the loaded long jump field.

“(Furbeck) said, ‘That’s an awesome jump I got to see, and I’m going to have an awesome jump too,’” Geneseo coach Kelley Timmerman said. “That’s neat to hear.”

Both Furbeck and Carothers are sophomores, setting them up for future state showdowns.

“I think we are going to push each other to strive for longer distances over the next two years,” Furbeck said.

An influx of young talent has made the long jump event stronger each year.

Furbeck’s mark of 17’9” earned her fourth-place at state last season, but that jump would have only landed her a tie for eighth at this year’s competition.

“It’s really kind of exciting to see the generations change,” Furbeck said. “It is also a reminder that I need to work harder, so future generations don’t pass me up.”

Despite a hamstring injury keeping Furbeck off the track in the middle of the season, she used the injury to take a step back, reevaluate and adjust her focus.

As a freshman, Furbeck broke the school long jump mark of 17’2” recorded in 1980 by Jan Jacobs.

Furbeck has broken the record countless times since then, and she wants to create a record capable of lasting just as long as Jacobs’.

After becoming a part of the rare club to pass 19’, Furbeck may have done it.

Furbeck added another medal to her state resume by finishing ninth in the 100 dash in 12.7.

She set a new personal record in the event in the prelims with a time of 12.54.

Geneseo’s Reece Bodeen finished 12th in the 100 hurdles but just missed a spot in the finals. A sophomore, Bodeen set a new personal record in the event with a time of 15.5.

The Leafs’ Rachel Schilling cleared 4’11” in the high jump in the prelims.

Schilling nearly matched her sectional height of 5’1”, but she clipped the bar with her heel in her attempt.

Geneseo finished 30th in the team competition, with NIB 12 foe Kaneland tying with track powerhouse Cahokia for the state crown.