2016 Summer Training Runs will start on Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30 am at the High School Athletic Facility. Summit will follow from 8-9 am. Hope to see everyone there…
On Sunday, November 15, we met to celebrate the wonderful cross country season we had. Our booster representative, Mindy Brown and all her helpers did an awesome job getting ready for our final celebration at First Concordia Church. A big thank you also to all the parents that help bring snacks for the night and help set up/take down. We truly appreciate all you do through out the season as well. Thank you for a memorable season and I Hope to see everyone back in 2016! Coach T. Varsity Letter Winners:
Back Row L to R: Erika Furbeck (mgr), Julia Poel, Veronica Eilers, Josie Brown,Lindsey Bideaux, Callie Miller, Sally DeBrock, Caitlin Akers
Front Rown: Molly Lembke, Taylor Claus, Jessica Daly, Madi Miller, Lauren Coulter
Diana Scherer (Freshman), Brandi Gatter (Sophomore), Adia Raya (Freshman)
Missing from photo: Lydia Mejias-Dansbach (Sophomore) Caitlin Gorge (Freshman)
All Academic Awards (Only Junior & Seniors eligible)
1st Team 3.5 or above GPA (Back Row L to R) Emma Alexander-Emma Lovett-Lindsey Bideaux-Lauren Coulter-Callie Miller
2nd Team 3.0-3.499 GPA (Front Row L to R) Taylor Claus-Madi Miller-Sally DeBrock-Molly Lembke-Morgan Hartsock-Caitlin Akers-Katelyn Mielke
Veronica Eilers-Top Sophomore-Josie Brown MVP, Top Freshman Athlete-Emma Lovett Most Determined Athlete-Molly Lembke Top Senior-Madi Miller Top Senior, Most Inspirational, Most Improved-Sally DeBrock Top Junior Athlete-Lindsey Bideaux Most Improved-Bethany Urbaniak, Brandi Gatter Heart & Soul Award.
All Conference Athletes (Top 18 Individuals in Conference)
On Saturday, November 7, 2015 @ 6:30 am Josie Brown departed for her first state Cross Country meet. She had quite a departure with the fire department, EMT, and one police car. Her support crew was waiting down at DQ to cheer her on and add a little cheering for our departure.
As we proceeded on down to Detweiller Park some Motivational Music ……..Tina Turner requested by Josie and then Christmas Music requested by Coach T and Adia!
Off to the starting line…..Josie-Coach T-Coach Graves
Start of the meet. Josie in Box 26 A and number 1073.
The massive start.
Supporters at Box 26 A for Josie…
Josie with 400m to go!
It was an eventful day and a great experience for Josie. She finished in 18:58 in 103rd place. Her splits were 5:54(mile 1), 6:35(mile 2), 6:29(mile 3).
So very proud of all her accomplishments this season and Can’t wait to see what track season brings for Josie!
Celebrating after the race with teammates.
Team support after the big race!
Coach Ehlert and Will…
A big Congratulations hug from Dad! A very proud moment…..
A very proud brother and Friends Chloe and Adia
Such Great Family support from the Brown’s and Mindy’s parents.
Coach Graves-Manager Erika Furbeck-Josie Brown-Coach T.
Sectionals 2015 @ Maxwell Park Normal
And they are off…..Sectionals 2015
The Start of the Race….
On Saturday, October 31, 2015 we were off to Sectionals. The race was hosted by Normal University High School @ Maxwell Park in Normal. There were twelve teams competing with the top five and top seven individuals not on the qualifying teams advancing to State the next weekend. The weather was rainy and quite cold but the girls did not let this hinder their performances. They ran with their heart and gave it their all. The team placed 9th with Josie Brown leading the way. She was 19th overall with a time of 18:58 and earned the 6th individual spot to qualifying for State. Our next finisher was Senior/Captain Taylor Claus who finished 20:01 (6:40 Avg) in 51st place. Only 14 seconds behind her was Senior/Captain Madi Miller (20:15 6:45 Avg) in 64th. Then within 16 seconds we had our next three athletes; Freshman, 67. Julia Poel 20:22, Senior/Captain Molly Lembke 20:26 in 70th, Freshman, Jessica Daly 20:31 in 77th. Our seventh runner was Veronica Eilers in 21:29 in 112th place. All of the athletes fought til the very end. Several of them passed 3-4 runners coming into the finishing line. Thank you to all who came to support the girls and boys cross country that day in such ugly weather.
On Saturday, October 24, 2015 the girls started their post season competition. Our top seven girls are the qualifiers for this meet at Donovan Park in Peoria. They were……
Seniors: Taylor Claus, Molly Lembke, Madi Miller
Sophomore: Veronica Eilers
Freshman: Josie Brown, Jessica Daly, and Julia Poel.
Sally DeBrock(junior) was sidelined with a soft tissue injury so she came to offer support to her teammates.
The girls race went off at 10:00 am with ten teams competing (Dunlap, Peoria Notre Dame, Washington, Alleman, Galesburg, Geneseo, Canton, Bartonville(Limestone), Peoria Richwoods, Peoria H.S.
The top 6 teams and top 5 individuals advance to the sectional meet on 10/31/15 @ Maxwell Park in Normal. In this regional we have several state ranked teams so we knew it would not be an easy task. The course was 3.1 miles, and prior to it being a park it was a golf course with some rolling hills for the girls to tackle. The team qualified for the sectional meet by placing 5th right behind Alleman by 11 points and Canton was close to us in 6th with only 7 points difference.
Sterling Freshman/JV Meet is one of my favorite meets of the year! Its seems to bring the team together in a different way. The top 7-8 athletes are pulled out to let the rest of team compete. They still come and support the team plus do a workout. In the Freshman race Adia Raya was our only runner. Her goal was to come home with a medal by placing in the top 5 of the meet. She ran a great race for her (23:12/7:44 Avg) and earned herself a fourth place finish earning a medal.
In our JV Race, which was shortly after the freshman race we had several athletes competing and for some of our seniors it would be their last race. (Caitlin Akers, Lindsey Bideaux, Lauren Coulter, and Callie Miller)It was an emotional race for a lot of them. Lindsey was our top senior finisher in second place with a time of 21:41. Several seniors followed and won medals as well: Lauren Coulter 5th (22:35), Callie Miller 7th (22:48).
A lot of other athletes also ran well at Sterling: Caitlin Akers Senior placed 14th in a time of 25:35
Bethany Urbaniak placed 16th in a time of 26:36
Brandi Gatter 19th place (27:45), Emma Lovett 20th (28:05), Lydia Mejias Dansbach 23rd (29:17)
Callie & Megan
Callie-Megan-Emma-Bethany-Brandi Warming up
At the end of the meet it was our 2nd Annual visit to Candle Light Inn as a finale to our season. A lot of Chicken George was consumed.
Off to Afton Forest Preserve on Saturday, October 17 for our Conference meet hosted by Sycamore. The weather was the coldest we have seen 27 degrees with frost on the ground. This was the second time this year for a meet on the Forest Preserve. Our first time was on 9-1-15, approximately 8 weeks ago. And what a difference eight weeks of training made for our girls. Several of the girls improved by a minute to two minutes. The varsity girls were off at 10:00 am with Josie Brown (9th) and Taylor Claus (17th) earning all Conference in the race. Rounding up our top seven that day was Molly Lembke (19th) 20:22, Madi Miller (24) 20:31, Julia Poel (33) 20:55, Jessica Daly (35) 20:58, and Veronica Eilers (51) 21:44. The Varsity team was third (102)behind to state bound teams: Yorkville (27) and Kaneland (68). Great Job Lady Leaf Runners….
The Frosh Soph girls race was off at 11:15 with only four Geneseo Athletes on the starting line: Rebekah Beard, Adia Raya, Diana Scherer, and Brandi Gatter. With Rebekah Beard (14) 22:20 and Adia Raya (17) 22:35 earning All conference Frosh/Soph. Diana Scherer finished (32) in 24:02 and Brandi Gatter with her strong finish was 41st (27:55).
This was our first time going to Metamora Invite… “Runnin Red Invitational” . Traditionally we attended Sterling Invitational this day but decided to try something new. This meet had a lot of 2A schools involved, which we would see at the end of the season. The course was set up at Black Partridge Park (2.94 miles) just outside of Metamora. A beautiful layout for CC course. The girls loved the course, which showed because we had sixteen personal best. The meet got underway with the Frosh Soph girls going at 9:20 am with Rebekah, Brandi,Lydia, Adia, and Diana. They set the tone for the day with Diana running a 21:42 placing 55 after coming back from Shin splints. Her teammates close behind her with Rebekah Beard finishing 63rd (21:54), Adia Raya 67th(22:05) , Brandi Gatter 128(27:56), and Lydia Mejias-Dansbach 131 (29:13). The Frosh/Soph girls placed 13th. The varsity girls were underway at 10:40 with extremely fast field with Maryjeanne Gilbert from Peoria Notre Dame leading the way with a time of 16:49(5:43 avg). Josie Brown was our first Geneseo finisher with a time of 18:34/6:19 Avg in 22nd place and top 40 earning medal honors. Great Job Josie! Molly Lembke was our next finisher in 43rd place with a personal best time of 19:21.6/6:35 Avg. Her training partner came in just right behind her in 49th Madi Miller with a time of 19:26.2/6:37 Avg. And the tight pack continued: 57. Taylor Claus 19:40, 59. Julia Poel 19:41, 62. Sally DeBrock 19:47, 75 Jessica Daly 20:12, 86. Veronica Eilers 20:36, 119. Emma Alexander 21:45, 125. Callie Miller 21:51, 130. Lauren Coulter 22:00, 137. Megan Coulter 22:17, 197. Caitlin Akers 24:56, 203. Bethany Urbaniak 25:22, 212. Emma Lovett 26:02. The Varsity team finished in 7th out of 23 teams. A great day for GHS Girls CC Team!
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Homecoming Picture of the Team missing a few…Sorry…
Friday, September 25, 2015 Homecoming Festivities…..
Geneseo Homecoming Court on the Cross Country Team…So well deserving…
Lauren Coulter-Lady & Queen Madi Miller
Morning Practice @ 5:15 am Friday, September 25…..
The senior captains chose to have practice on Friday at 5:15 am so everyone could attend the homecoming festivities. For practice they had them do some continuous relays of 800-400’s. The girls had a quick turn around after a meet the night before but they responded with such great enthusiasm!
Rock Island Invitational
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 The Girls team traveled to Loud Thunder to participate in the Rock Island Invitational. This meet was previously held at Saukie Golf Course with all three levels running, Middle School, High School and College Teams(40 teams) on a Friday night. This meet was getting to big with all levels on the same course, same night, and not enough parking for all the fans. So the meet was moved to Loud Thunder with only the Middle School and High School CC teams participating and moved to a Thursday night, which I felt was a great move so our girls won’t have to miss the parade this year . Little did I know this year we would have several athletes up for court nominations for homecoming and winners would be announced Thursday night at Pep Rally. The Girls were suppose to start their race at 5:00 pm and got postponed til 5:30 pm due to the middle school athletes running late. The girls ran well under the conditions of a new course, and late timing of the start. They ran against some very loaded Iowa Schools (Pleasant Valley, Assumption, & Bettendorf). Geneseo Girls Team placed 5th out of 8 teams with an average time of 20:58 for first five Runners. Alleman was close by only 7 points. Alleman has moved up to class 2A with us this year and will be participating in our regional. The girls teams was also only four points away from Annawan Wethersfield, who are in class 1A but have a history of great success in the post season the last several years.
Josie Brown was our only medalist in the Varsity Race with a place of 15th and a time of 20:13. In the Frosh Soph race our only medalist was Jessica Daly placing 15th as well with a time of 22:25.
Before the meet warm up for the second time!
Molly deep in thought….
“Two of our three Fastest Feet of the Meet….Jessica Daly placing 15th in the Frosh/Soph race and Lauren receiving it for coming back after an injury and competing with all she had !”
Coach T-Manager Erika Furbeck-Athlete Morgan Hartsock-Coach Graves…Thank you for all your help!
Brandi giving Lydia some words of encouragement before the race….
One of my favorite photos!
Coach always is preaching that I need to hydrate!
One of the Fastest Feet of the meet…Lydia Mejias-Dansbach. We were so proud of her because she did not have to stop and walk during the meet. Such a great accomplishment for her.
Some impressive finishing sprints
from the Geneseo Squad!
Facial expressions speak volumes….
The week leading into homecoming the senior captains were in charge of the work outs and organizing some fun things to do. So each day they had dress up day…Here is a few pictures…Rainbow Day-Oreo Day-Boy Day..