Lady Leafs’ seniors finish on top

Chris Steele
Josie Brown raced her way to an 
individual title during her senior season; and Lacey Laxton led the freshmen squad during the Geneseo Invitational at Richmond Hill.

The Geneseo girls’ cross country team won the senior race at the Geneseo Invitational and combined with the boys’ team to win the overall team title at Richmond Hill in Geneseo on Sept. 15.

With each class year racing as a separate team, the Geneseo girls’ four grade classes combined to finished second overall with victories in the senior and sophomore classes.

The Lady Leafs scored enough points to combine with the Maple Leafs to win the overall team title.

Geneseo’s Josie Brown dominated winning the race by over a minute to lead the senior class to the team title in 19:32.5.

Brown won the individual title for the third time during her high school career.

“I started running here in middle school and we had a ton of meets here,” Brown said. “When I look back to where I was in seventh grade to where I am now — it’s crazy to look back on. I realize how much work I’ve put in to get where I am now.”

Geneseo’s Julia Poel finished runner-up in 20:43.1, and Adia Raya came in sixth in 24:01.9.

The Leafs’ Zoey Gomez landed in 22nd place in 35:19.3.

In the sophomore race, Geneseo’s Avery Magerkurth finished runner-up in 22:30.7, and Megan Soria finished fourth in 23:26.4.

The Leafs’ Joci Hasson ran down seventh in 26:53.7, and Ashton Woulf finished eighth in 28:15.0.

In the freshmen race, Geneseo’s Lacey Laxton showed a glimpse of her potential finishing third (21:29.1) in her first complete race after battling an injury and dealing with plantar fasciitis early in the season.

Geneseo’s freshmen finished fourth with Anna Snyder earning seventh in 22:36.7, and Taya Fouts finished 14th in 26:36.3.

With the sophomore and freshmen class performing well Laxton believes having everyone pushing each other will give Geneseo an edge during the championship season.

“We push each other in a different way than past teams because we all work together,” Laxton said. “Everyone pushes everyone and the lower classmen are learning to work together.”

In the junior race, the Leafs’ Anna Girten came in fourth in 21:59.4, and Lauren Belvel finished sixth in 22:10.3.

Geneseo’s Anna Pierce earned 10th in 24:23.7, and Claire Hall finished 18th in 26:46.6.

The Leafs’ Clare LeGrand came in 20th in 27:46.1, and Emma Heller finished 25 in 28:36.6.