The Geneseo track and field team no longer has star Ericka Furbeck to be its anchor, but the Lady Leafs have breakout potential in nearly every event.

The Geneseo track and field team no longer has star Ericka Furbeck to be its anchor, but the Lady Leafs have breakout potential in nearly every event.

“We have a lot of girls who are right there ready to have a breakout season,” Geneseo Coach Kyle Morey said. “It could be a senior, a sophomore or a freshman. We have a lot of girls right on the cusp of having that great season. We need to stay healthy and keep progressing forward to make that happen.”

Last season, Geneseo claimed a sectional title for the first time in five years and had athletes compete in 11 events at state.

The expectation are already high for two-time state qualifier Josie Brown in the 800.

A senior, Brown had a strong summer earning All-American status on the track at the AAU National Jr. Olympics.

“She was on the outside looking in at the medal standings last year, Morey said. “I think, ultimately, it’s a goal for her, but I believe she doesn’t have anything to prove to anybody. She’s one of the greatest distance runners in the Geneseo program, and I look forward to seeing her relax and still put up great numbers this season.”

Abby Reakes is another athlete who seems poised for a state finish after a 12th-place finish at state last season.

A sophomore, Reakes has already set a personal record this season clearing 5’3”.

Maddi Barickman who punched her ticket to state last season in the discus with a throw of 106’1” at sectionals.

Alex Horne earned a state berth with the Lady Leafs’ 4x200 relay team and has already had a strong start to the season on the track and in the high jump.

Geneseo’s pole vault group has already shown a lot of promise.

The Lady Leafs’ pole vaulters captured several invite wins last season.

This season, Alexys Johnson and Hannah Rakestraw have each cleared 9’ which is more than a foot above where Geneseo’s vaulters started last season.

“They have a group of girls who work well together and push each other to be better,” Morey said. “They are all competitive and they each want to be the best. It’s pushing all of them to PRs and we are about a foot away from qualifying for four or five girls.”

With Horne, Julia Poel and Alison Bowers returning with state relay experience, Geneseo has plenty of options for a relay crew.

The freshman class can be expected to contribute right away too.

Geneseo’s Lacey Laxton had a strong cross country season, and she should fit well with the Leafs’ distance squad of Lauren Belvel and Anna Girten.

Ali Rapps has the sprint speed and confidence to have a breakout season in hurdles and running.

“I think getting some varsity experience in basketball has shown her that she fits,” Morey said. “She’s not just a freshman, she’s an athlete and she’s already put up great times.”

A sophomore, Esther Brown had a solid showing over the summer qualifying for the AAU National Jr. Olympics.

A state qualifier in the shot put last season, Geneseo’s Tori Verbeck suffered an ACL injury during basketball season and will miss most of her senior season.

Lady Leafs' 2019 track roster

Josie Brown
Victoria Femali
Zoey Gomez
Alexandria Horne
Alexys Johnson
Julia Poel
Adia Raya
Avery Spranger
Tori Verbeck
Lauren Belvel
Anna Girten
Claire Hall
Brynn Johnson
Anna Pierce
Elizabeth Roodhouse
Emily Ryerson
Taylor Smith
Abbi Barickman
Maddi Barickman
Alison Bowers
Esther Brown
Gracie Erickson
Delaney Fouts
Grace Girten
Joci Hasson
Faith Henderson
Alex Hicks
Allie Mackey
Avery Magerkurth
Lanie Marshall
Brenna McGuire
Anslee Plasschaert
Hannah Rakestraw
Abby Reakes
Sydne Sexton
Morgan Simms
Megan Soria
Hannah Stebly
Emma Terronez
Evelyn Wilson
Mallory Bealer
Brynley Castro
Eliza Farley
Taya Fouts
Triston Highton
Lacey Laxton
Reagan Lommell
Ali Rapps
Savannah Reisner
Taylor Reuter
Miah Shoemaker
Anna Snyder
Anne Turpin
Taylor VanDeVoorde
Coach: Kyle Morey. Assistants: Patricia Graves, Natalie Puent, Marcie Reakes, Dan Rakestraw and Kaci Storm. Manager: Clare LeGrand.

Lady Leafs’ track and field schedule 2019

March 16    Streaks Invitational    Monmouth College    8:30 a.m.
March 21    Family & Friends Invite    Westwood Sports Complex, Sterling    TBA
March 23    Illinois Prep Top Times    Ill. Wesleyan U, Shirk Center    8 a.m.
April 2    Geneseo Triangular    Bob Reade Field    4 p.m.
April 5    Streaks Invitational    Galesburg High School    4 p.m.
April 9    Geneseo at Galesburg     Galesburg High School    4:30 p.m.
April 13     Rock Island ABC Invite    Rock Island High School    10:30 a.m.
April 19    Geneseo Invitational    Bob Reade Field    4 p.m.
April 22    Geneseo Triangular    Bob Read Field     4:30 p.m.
April 26    Sterling Night Relays    Roscoe Eades Stadium    4 p.m.
May 2    NIB 12 Conference Meet    Bob Reade Field    3 p.m.