Leafs post NIB12 girls' track three-peat


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Originally Posted Online: May 03, 2013, 10:52 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com

DeKALB -- Looking for a three-peat on Friday night, the Geneseo girls' track team left the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet with something extra.

What the Maple Leafs scored was a daily double.

League champs for a third consecutive year after tallying 110 points, they also continued one other streak. With senior Hannah Waller coasting to victories in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, Geneseo swept the two races for a fourth consecutive season.

All that allowed the current Leaf Streak to continue.

"We were going for that," Waller said. "It was always our goal. It means a lot."

The hurdles gave Geneseo the separation it needed to outlast runner-up Maple Park Kaneland by six points, with the two events providing 36 points. Waller won the 100 and 300 in 15.61 and 46.82 seconds, respectively, extending the streak current Iowa State freshman heptathlete Kaci Storm started three years ago.

Hanna Vanderheyden took second in the 100 and Anna Wise was the 300 runner-up. Wise joined Rayne Bodeen to provide two scorers in the 100, giving Geneseo the extra points needed to get the title.

"We know how much this means," Waller said.

Even though conference titles now are an expectation, the Maple Leafs still cherish them.

"This" Geneseo coach Joni Nelson said, is a big one."

Adding to the night is how Geneseo won this. A roster with three returning veterans pieces relied on a youth movement to keep the Maple Leafs competitive and deep. Despite the question marks, they received contributions from every area.

Geneseo scored in 14 of the 18 events.

"That definitely helped," Bodeen said. "It was a team effort to be able to build off each other."

Starting the championship run was Audrey Anderson, who won the discus after a throw of 105-feet. One hour later, she secured a third-place finish in the shot put.

"This really gives me confidence," Anderson said. "I want to get to state."

The positive momentum continued on the track, with Geneseo winning the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in 51.06 and 1:49.25. Both times exceeded the state-qualifying minimum, but unseasonably cool temperatures and a strong wind did not make for ideal conditions or performances.

"They (the times) were pretty good, especially with the weather," said Bodeen, who ran anchor on both relays. "Seeing your breath in May is always fun, but they were pretty good. If we get some good weather, we'll be right on top of it."

Geneseo took second in the 4x400 (4:15.08) and third in the 4x800 (10:08.21), the only team in the meet with a top three finish in each relay.

However, the two hurdle races once again stole the spotlight. Waller was the one providing the excitement, making sure the Maple Leafs extended both streaks.

"She was phenomenal," Nelson said. "She's really come on strong."

















 



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