Furbeck breaks the Class 2A long jump record.
Geneseo’s Erika Furbeck remembers imagining about what it would feel like during her state debut her freshman year in 2015.
“I just imagined what if someday it was my name written in the record books somewhere,” Furbeck said. “To have that happen my senior year, it’s a full circle ending with my little dream coming true.”
There’s no more imagining for the two-time Class 2A state track and field long jump champion.
Furbeck earned the title with a state record distance of 19’11.25”.
“Her second jump of the day was the 19’11.25” and it took the wind right out of every other jumper there,” Geneseo Coach Kyle Morey said. “She shut the door on the competition.”
Last season, Furbeck won the long jump title but fell just short of the state record by three-fourths of an inch.
A senior, Furbeck shattered the record against two of the very best jumpers in the state competing against Chicago Brooks’ Imani Carothers and Springfield Southeast’s Serena Bolden.
“It’s a fulfilling feeling to come back this year and be inches over it,” Furbeck said. “Especially, having all of us there and being able to come out on top and have that record in my name is a good feeling.”
Furbeck became the first two-time Geneseo state champion in girls track since Sue Fortune in 1976.
However, Furbeck wasn’t defined by just one event, medaling in four events at state: 100-meter dash (6th, 12.36), 200 (7th, 25.96) 400 (5th, 58.96).
“I’m going to mainly be focusing on jumping and not the running events (in college),” Furbeck said. “I wanted to finish off strong and prove that I’m more than just a one-event athlete.”
Furbeck’s success made her the most decorated girls’ track athlete in school history surpassing Geneseo assistant coach Kaci Storm, a 2012 Geneseo grad.
“It was fun having Kaci down at state with us,” Furbeck said. “She went to Iowa State and I’m heading to Iowa State, so it feels like I’m following in her footsteps. They are good footsteps to follow.”
And while Furbeck has competed in her final competition at state, she knows she’s leaving the program in good hands.
Geneseo finished 11th in the team standings, which is the second-best finish in school history. Geneseo finished ninth in 2011.
Geneseo’s Josie Brown reached the state finals for the first time, finishing 12th in the 800 in 2:23.32.
“She ran a season PR in the 800 prelims,” Morey said. “Just to be able to see her get out and perform the way she wanted to and make the finals -- it was a huge state (meet) for her.”
A freshman, Abby Reakes finished 12th in the high jump finals (4’11”) after clearing 5’2” in the prelim.
“She’s been having some shin issues,” Morey said. “Recovery has been a big focus the last couple of weeks just to get her health for the next competition. But when your next competition is less than 24 hours away, it’s tough.
“She went for it. She put it all out there and did everything she could and she has three more years. She’s going to be back there.”
Geneseo’s Tori Verbeck sets a new PR throwing 35’8.25” in the shot put, and Rebekah Beard finished her senior season with her second-best career triple jump distance of 34’2.5”.
A freshman, Maddi Barickman launched a throw of 101’7” in the discus.
Geneseo’s Reece Bodeen improves on her sectional time finishing the 300 hurdles prelims in 48.80 at the IHSA State track and field finals.
The Lady Leafs’ 4x100 relay team of Geneseo’s Reece Bodeen improves on her sectional time finishing the 300 hurdles prelims in 48.80.
4x200 relay team of Julia Poel, Alex Horne, Rebekah Beard and Alison Bowers shaved nearly a second and a half off their sectional time during the state prelim (1:48.89).
“It was amazing to watch the kids compete,” Morey said. “There are times where you get down to an event like that and nerves get the best of you. That’s to be expected, but our kids showed up.”