Track season gets off to a fast start

Chris Steele
Nick Swartzendruber, left, won the 800-meter run, and Blake Duncan won the 1600-meter run at the Galesburg Early Bird Indoor meet on Feb. 24.

The Geneseo boys’ track team began the indoor season with a pair of individual victories at the Galesburg “Cuffy” Early Bird Indoor meet on Feb. 24.

Team scores were not recorded but the Maple Leafs’ Nick Swartzendruber and Blake Duncan each notched individual wins for Geneseo at the meet held at Knox College.

Swartzendruber won the 800-meter run in 2:04.9 just holding off runner-up Nathan Soria (2:05.0) and third-place finisher Andrew Benhart (2:07.9).

Duncan won the 1600 run in 4:52.4, and Brandon Ramos finished fourth in the 1600 with a time of 4:58.9.

Reed Vanderheyden started the season with a second-place finish in the 400 dash (53.08), and Colton Pischke was runner-up in the 55 hurdles (8.03).

The Leafs’ Pischke added a second-place finish in the high jump clearing 5’6”.

The Maple Leafs’ 4x400 relay team of Swartzendruber, Benhart, Carson Cocquit and Jordan Seeley raced to a second-place time of 3:43.7.

Geneseo’s Cole Howard finished third in the shot put with a throw of 45’0”, and Jacob Verplaetse came in third in the pole vault clearing a height of 11’6”.

The Leafs’ Ben Cosgrave bounded his way to a third-place finish in the triple jump (38’7”).

Geneseo’s 4x200 relay team of Dalton Stamp, Logan Weber, Max Bealer and Nathan Carroll raced to a third place time of 1:40.9.

Stamp came in fourth place in the 55 dash (7.01), and he added a fifth place time of 25.07 in the 200 dash.

The Leafs’ Drew Rapps finished in 11th place in the long jump with a mark of 18’0”.