When Geneseo finished runner-up at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference girls’ track title last season, and it seemed like a culmination of a lot of talent the program wouldn’t be able to replace.

When Geneseo finished runner-up at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference girls’ track title last season, and it seemed like a culmination of a lot of talent the program wouldn’t be able to replace.

After the Lady Leafs won the NIB 12 Conference title for the first time since 2013 this season, Geneseo has proven its track success isn’t slowing down yet.

Surprise performances and

a strong all-around effort lifted Geneseo to a narrow team victory in the final NIB 12 meet.

Geneseo (95) held off DeKalb (89) for the team title in the 10-team field at Bob Reade Field on May 2.

Alison Bowers earned two titles winning the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 26.67 and adding a victory in the 100 in 12.79

A sophomore, Bowers set another season-best time in the 400 finishing runner-up in 1:01.64, and she thinks even bigger things are on the horizon for the Lady Leafs.

“I think it makes the whole team want it more,” Bowers said. “We know we are going to have to step it up because there’s going to be even tougher competition. This will make us even more competitive, and it makes it more exciting too because of who we competed against.”

Ali Rapps raced to season-best times finishing second in the 100 hurdles in 15.23 and second in the 300 hurdles in 46.49.

Rapps believes the Lady Leafs are ready for a postseason push because they want to help the seniors finish on a high note.

“We all want to do the best we can to help them end their season the way they deserve,” Rapps said.

Josie Brown finished second in the 800 in 2:21.58, and Julia Poel added to the Lady Leafs’ point totals with a season-best fourth-place time of 2:24.28.

Geneseo boosted their point total with three top-three finishes in the relays.

Geneseo’s 4x400-relay team earned second place (4:13.83) with Anna Pierce subbing in at the last moment to team up with Poel, Josie Brown and Rapps.

“Just being able to have the strength as a team to be able to support such good relays is amazing,” Josie Brown said.

In the 4x800 relay, Geneseo’s Poel, Lauren Belvel, Esther Brown and Josie Brown earned second in 9:47.16.

Geneseo’s 4x200-relay team of Rapps, Brenna McGuire, Abby Reakes and Alex Horne finished third in 1:51.32.

Reakes grabbed third in the high jump clearing 4’10”, and McGuire finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 34’6”.

Hannah Rakestraw finished fourth in the pole vault clearing 10’, and Alexys Johnson was fifth clearing 9’.

Geneseo’s Maddi Barickman landed sixth in the discus with a throw of 102’1”.

Lady Leafs’ Coach Kyle Morey believes the team win showcases how valuable each team member was to winning the title despite only winning two individual events.

“It tells you just how competitive we were in all those other places,” Morey said. “Across the board we had kids stepping up and placing in areas they weren’t expected to place.”