Lady Leafs' Brown satisfied with state showing

Chris Steele
Josie Brown finished her season with a 28th place finish at the Class 2A IHSA State Finals.

Josie Brown finished her cross country career with no regrets.

A senior, Brown finished 28th (18:11.8) at the Class 2A IHSA State Finals at Detweiler Park in Peoria on Nov. 3.

While she fell just short of earning All-State honors, awarded to the top 25 individual runners, Brown came away feeling fulfilled with what she had accomplished.

“It was a goal to get in the top 25, but I’m still satisfied with what I did,” Brown said. “Being 28th is still crazy, and I don’t regret anything.”

With members of the cross country team and Geneseo girls’ basketball team coming to root her on, Brown had her own cheering section to spur her to a great finish.

“After a quick start, I knew I was close to the front,” Brown said. “I knew from that point I just needed to hang on as much as I could.”

Brown’s state-run was the best finish for a Geneseo runner at state since 2010 when Emily Ford became the fifth runner in school history to earn All-State honors (Priscilla Gomez, Jenny Lake, Rachel Wyffels and Danielle Dewey).

A two-time state qualifier in the 800-meter dash in track, Brown is excited to see what lies ahead after a strong summer of running at AAU events.

“Seeing the way things played out senior year for cross country makes me excited for track,” Brown said. “Knowing what I can do from the summer and what I’ve accomplished, I learned a lot about what I have to do to be successful.”