Leafs getting back on the track

Chris Steele
Andrew Pischke, right, and Lucas Hofer have been working their way back from knee injuries from over the summer. Geneseo's Pischke made his debut 
at the Sterling Triangular, and Hofer is anticipated to return during the outdoor season.

The Maple Leafs won seven events and dominated the team score at the Sterling Triangular on March 14.

Geneseo won the team competition over Moline and host Sterling at the Westwood Sports Complex in Sterling.

The Leafs’ Andrew Pischke made his season debut coming off a knee injury he suffered over the summer.

Pischke finished fifth in the 60-meter dash (7.4), and he added a fourth place finish in the 200 dash (24.7).

Reed Vanderheyden won the 60 hurdles in 8.65, Colton Pischke was runner-up with a time of 8.84 and Ben Cosgrave finished fourth in 9.10.

GHS’ Nick Swartzendruber won the 400 dash (53.34), and Vanderheyden finished runner-up (53.34).

Geneseo’s 4x200 relay team of Colton Pischke, Logan Weber, Jordan Seeley and Cosgrave earned a victory in 1:38.5.

The Maple Leafs’ 4x400 relay team of Vanderheyden, Andrew Benhart, Kaden Rink and Cayson Frerichs nabbed another relay win in 3:40.5.

Swartzendruber, Nathan Soria, Seeley and Colton Pischke finished runner-up in the 4x400 relay in 3:43.6.

Geneseo’s relay teams continued to dominate taking the top two spots in the 4x800 relay.

The Leafs’ Benhart, Rink, Peter Rizzo and Carson Cocquit raced to a victory in 8:55.1.

Frerichs, Kyle Sellers, Rizzo and Neo Coulter finished runner-up in 9:07.2.

GHS’ Sam Thomas began the throwing season with a major victory hurling a throw of 46’3.25” to win the shot put.

Geneseo’s Cole Howard took third with a throw of 41’8.75, and Zach Humphrey landed fourth with a throw of 40’5.75”.

Charlie Wiese rounded out the top five with a throw of 39’6.25”, and Geneseo had seven throwers finish in the top 10.

Jacob Verplaetse won the pole vault clearing a height of 11’6”, and Geneseo’s Raymond Venneberg was runner-up (11’).

Cameron Darin finished third in the pole vault (10’6”), and Andrew Verplaetse took fourth (8’6”).

The Leafs’ Blake Duncan was runner-up in the 1600 run in 4:45.6, and Soria finished third in 4:45.8.

Cosgrave was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 19’8.50”, and Kyle Hofer was fifth with a jump of 18’4.75”.

Geneseo’s Noah Sebastian ran down second in the 800 run in 2:14.6.

Ryver Griffin finished third in triple jump (38’8”), Cosgrave landed fourth in 38’3.25” and Nathan Carroll came in fifth in 34’7.75”.

Colton Pischke tacked on a fourth place finish in the 60 dash (7.48), and Seeley was sixth in the 60 in 7.70.