Nothing was going to trip up the Geneseo 4x400-meter relay team at the Sterling Gold Medal Invite on March 3.

Nothing was going to trip up the Geneseo 4x400-meter relay team at the Sterling Gold Medal Invite on March 3.

The Lady Leafs’ 4x400-relay team overcame a fall to claim to claim the title in 4:28.74, at Westwood Sports Complex, in Sterling.

Julia Poel gave Geneseo the lead after running the first leg, but incidental contact in the first turn tripped Esther Brown in a tight pack of runners.

Brown composed herself and quickly picked up the baton from lane five and finished her lap strong, but the Lady Leafs fell back to fifth place in the relay.

A senior, Rebekah Beard ran the team’s fastest split to make up valuable time before handing off to Josie Brown for the anchor leg.

A state qualifier in the 800 run last season, Brown ran down the title for the Lady Leafs.

Geneseo track coach Kyle Morey said the relay team’s drive made it one of the best performances he had seen at a meet in years.

“The heart and determination displayed here really exemplify what these girls, and the rest of our team, are made of,” Morey said.

Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck had another strong showing to start her senior season.

Furbeck won the 60-meter dash in 7.80, and she added a win in the long jump with a distance of 18’9.5”.

The Lady Leafs’ Alexys Johnson won the pole vault title clearing 7’6”.

Evie Wilson finished third in the pole vault clearing 7’6”, and Hannah Rakestraw finished fourth clearing 7’.

Geneseo’s Brynn Johnson finished fifth clearing 7’ in the pole vault and Gracie Erickson finished seventh clearing 6’.

A junior, Poel won the 400 in 1:05.17, and Esther Brown finished third in 1:06.95.

The Leafs’ Diana Scherer finished sixth in the 400 in 1:08.44, Maddi Barickman came in seventh, Raelynn Versluys ran down eighth in 1:09.75, and Abbi Barickman finished 10th in 1:12.49.

The Lady Leafs’ Brenna McGuire finished third in the shot put with a throw of 31’5.5”, and Tori Verbeck finished fifth with a throw of 30’6”.

GHS’ Faith Henderson finished ninth with a throw of 25’3.5”.

The Leafs’ Adia Raya made a huge improvement on her personal record finishing second in the triple jump with a distance of 29’4.25”.

Reece Bodeen finished runner-up in the 60 hurdles in 10.49, and she added a third-place finish in the 200 (29.11).

Geneseo’s 4x800-relay team of Lauren Belvel, Anna Pierce, Claire Hall and Anna Girten finished runner-up in 11:09.80.

A freshman, Abby Reakes continued to impress finishing second with a PR in the high jump clearing 5’2” — the outdoor state qualifying standard.

Geneseo’s Wilson and Alexandria Horne finished fourth in the high jump with each clearing 4’8”.

Hannah Stebly finished seventh in the long jump clearing 4’6”, and Gracie Erickson finished eight in 4’2”.

Geneseo’s Girten finished third in the 1600 (6:00.41), Belvel ran down sixth (6:12.68) and Claire Hall finished seventh (6:17.90).

The Leafs’ Alison Bowers finished fourth in the 60 dash in 8.32, and Verbeck finished ninth in 8.59.

Brenna McGuire landed third in the long jump with a distance of 14’9.5”, and Morgan Simms came in ninth with a jump of 12’6.25”.

Simms came in fifth in the triple jump 26’8”, and Emma Terronez finished ninth in the 200 in 30.28.