After not winning the sectional title in five years, the Geneseo girls’ track team made it back-to-back sectional championships.

After not winning the sectional title in five years, the Geneseo girls’ track team made it back-to-back sectional championships.

The Lady Leafs dominated holding off runner-up Rock Falls by 39 points to win the team title among a 15-team field at LaSalle-Peru Sports Complex on May 8.

Ali Rapps earned two titles in the hurdles with an impressive win in the 100-meter hurdles.

Rapps had a runner go down right near her, but she was able to maneuver through the traffic without losing focus on her goal.

She won the 100 hurdles with a season-best time of 15.14 which is the exact same seed time Geneseo’s Hanna Vanderheyden had in 2015 when she finished third and earned All-State honors.

“It shows her mental toughness and competitiveness,” Geneseo Coach Kyle Morey said. “It shows you the maturity she already has as a freshman.”

Geneseo’s Rapps earned a victory in the 300 hurdles finishing in 46.88 to punch her ticket to state.

Josie Brown won the 800 in 2:23.37 to return to state for the third consecutive season, and Abby Reakes cleared 5’1” to win the event and earn her second state trip in the high jump.

Hannah Rakestraw had to battle the windy conditions to advance to state in the pole vault clearing 9’7” to claim second.

Alison Bowers ran a season-best time of 12.71 in the 100 to earn her first individual state spot.

Geneseo’s 4x400-relay team of Julia Poel, Alison Bowers, Josie Brown and Ali Rapps shared the baton to capture the title in 4:07.17.

In the 4x800 relay, Geneseo’s relay success continued winning the race in 9:41.85 behind the crew of Poel, Lauren Belvel, Esther Brown and Josie Brown.

Geneseo had several athletes miss state qualifying but help the Lady Leafs claim the sectional trophy.

Esther Brown finished third in the 1600 in 5:45.33, and Brenna McGuire came in third in the shot put with a throw of 35’3”.

Geneseo’s 4x100 relay team of Rapps, McGuire, Alex Horne and Alison Bowers finished third in 51.96.

In the 4x200 relay, Geneseo’s Horne, McGuire, Reakes and Alison Bowers ran down fourth in 1:50.39.

A senior, Poel came in fifth in the 400 with a season-best time of 1:03.03, and Allie Mackey finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 97’6”.

Horne came in 10th in the 200 in 27.47, and Morgan Simms finished 11th in the long jump with a season-best distance of 29’8.5”.

Geneseo’s Anna Snyder finished 11th in the 3200 in 14:46.82.

“I think we aren’t satisfied with being conference champions, or satisfied with being sectional champions,” Morey said. “We don’t want to be satisfied with just making it to state. We want to get down there and have great performances. The goal would be to bring back some state medals and see where we can finish in the team standings.”