Geneseo runners end in top 10 at Streak Invite

Amy Boldt
Greg Pemble keeps pace with the pack during Geneseo’s first home meet of the cross country season Sept. 9 at Richmond Hill.

At the Sept. 6 Galesburg Silver Streak Invite, the Geneseo cross country teams both cracked into the top 10 with the boys in fifth place and the girls in eighth.

“When comparing the Galesburg Invite this year to last year’s it is not a fair comparison because a couple of big teams came in this year,” said head coach Don?Fredericks. “Our guys team was fifth in a very solid field and I am not disappointed about that. We are off to a good start.”

Leading the pack for the Leafs was Josh Lodge in sixth place with a time of 16 minutes and 41 seconds, followed by teammate Chad Ford in 20th in 17:29 and Anthony Ironthunder in 34th at 17:53. Kyle Reiling placed 38th in 18:03, while Thomas Sigwalt took 39th with a time of 18:04.

Carlisle Evans-Peck ended the race in 18:09, followed by Chris Bisom in 18:25.

For the girls’ team, Stephanie Kennett led the squad with an 11th-place finish with a time of 20:41, followed by Joann Chenoweth in 16th in 21:02. Amy Cosgrove finished the race in 39th place at 22:14, while Danielle Dewey placed 45th in 22:26.

Rounding out the effort for the varsity girls were Claire Wiese with a time of 24:34 and Taylor Cook in 26:19.

The Geneseo freshman/sophomore boys’ team finished in ninth place with Brenden Smith taking a top 10 spot in sixth place with a time of 18:16.

Greg Pemble came in second for Geneseo in 21:23, followed by John Mullin in 22:07; Jesse Mohr, 23:38; Mickey Christensen, 23:43; and Tom Dellett, 25:35.

Racing for the Geneseo freshman/sophomore girls were Paige Gatter, who crossed the line in second place overall with a time of 21:55, followed by Jenny Ford in fourth in 22:13. Hillary Lohman ended the race with a time of 24:13, while teammate Mariah Carney came in at 25:36.

With four runners in the top 10 of the pack, the Lady Leaf runners captured a first-place victory and defended their home course Sept. 9 against Alleman, United Township, Moline and Davenport West.

“Both meets had some pretty heavy hitters and some pretty tough teams,” said Fredericks. “On Tuesday (Sept. 9) we couldn’t have asked for better conditions and I was very pleased.”

Chenoweth led the way for Geneseo in third place with a time of 21:15, followed by Kennett one second later in fourth at 21:16. Gatter came in eighth in 22:41, while Amy Cosgrove took 10th with a time of 23:18.

Jenny?Ford ended the race in 23:30, followed by Lohman in 24:26; Carney, 26:39 and Taylor Cook in 26:46.

“The girls packed it in real well and looked good,” said Fredericks. “But we need more depth.”

The boys’ varsity squad finished third to Moline and UT at Richmond Hill on Sept. 9.

“Teamwise I thought we ran well last Saturday (Sept. 6), but I?thought we ran better on Tuesday (Sept. 9),” said Fredericks. 

Lodge led the Geneseo pack in third place as he crossed the finish line in 16:40. Ironthunder finished the race in 17:32, while Evans-Peck came in with a time of 18:07 and Bisom, 18:16.

“All in all  our pack needs to move up, but I have a lot of confidence in both teams,” said Fredericks.

A four-pack of Leafs were  in next — Sigwalt, 18:19; Chad Ford, 18:20; Reiling, 18:22; and Branden Smith, 18:42.

Others competing for the Leafs were Ian Mattan, 19:53; Tyler Timmerman, 20:57; Andrew Kellogg, 20:57; Cameron Hodgson, 21:04; A. J. Kellogg, 21:20; Ethan Koisti, 21:54; Alex Strohmeyer, 21:56 and Jacob Carton, 27:14.

Racing for the f/s boys’ team were Pemble with a time of 22:04; Christensen, 23:57 and Mohr, 24:03.

The cross country teams will next race in the Peoria Woodruff Invite at 9 a.m. Sept. 13.

Amy Cosgrove keeps pace with the pack during Geneseo’s first home meet of the cross country season Sept. 9 at Richmond Hill.