Geneseo’s senior track and field athletes came through with a strong performance to leave a lasting impression in the final Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet.

Geneseo’s senior track and field athletes came through with a strong performance to leave a lasting impression in the final Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet.

With the Maple Leafs battling injuries, Geneseo had four seniors place in the top five to score 32-of-36 points to finish seventh among a 10-team field at the LaSalle-Peru High School Sports Complex on May 10.

Zach Wilson made conference history as the final Geneseo athlete to earn NIB 12 honors with the conference disbanding and the Maple Leafs joining the Western Big 6 Conference next season.

Wilson won the high jump clearing 6’1” to win the title, and Billy Blaser finished runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 48’1”.

It was a special day for the Maple Leafs Luke Sebastian who finished in the top five in two events.

With Colton Pischke battling an injury, Sebastian has made huge strides finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 16.32.

Sebastian claimed a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles finishing in 43.15, and Alex McAvoy finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 124’2”.

A junior, Spencer Lindstrom added a fifth-place finish in the 800 finishing in 2:00.54, and Colby Rapps was sixth in the 300 hurdles with a season-best time of 45.29.

Geneseo’s 4x800-relay team of Kaden Rink, Neo Colter, Rapps and Nathan Carroll raced to a sixth-place finish in 8:46.91.

The Leafs’ Eric Verplaetse and Andrew Verplaetse tied for seventh in the pole vault with each clearing 10’6”.

Jordan Seeley ran down a seventh-place finish in the 200 with a season-best time of 23.90, and Carroll came in eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 37’3”.

Geneseo’s 4x400-relay team of Rink, Hunter Clark-Holke, Parker DeSplinter and Green shared the baton to finish seventh in 3:38.25. In the 4x200 relay, the Maple Leafs’ Seeley, Rink, Clark-Holke and Jerry Green captured seventh in 1:35.80.

GHS’ 4x100-relay team of Seeley, Logan Hansen, Clark-Holke and Green landed eighth with a time of 46.04.

Seeley chased down ninth in the 100 in 11.71, and Billy Cosgrave earned 12th in the long jump with a distance of 18’9.5”.

Colter finished the 1600 in 13th place with a time of 4:56.39.