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Young's Geiger to step down

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Bob Geiger, who has coached Young to the past two Public League girls track titles, plans to step down at the end of this season.

Geiger cited time constraints because of his dual roles as the Dolphins' head coach and an editor with DyeStat Illinois, a track and field website.

He has been at Young since 2006 after previous coaching stints at St. Martin dePorres, Homewood-Flossmoor, Chicago Notre Dame, T.F. North, St. Patrick and Rolling Meadows.

Geiger plans to remain as Young's girls cross country coach for the 2011 season.

No track for Verzbicas after all

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Two-time defending Class 3A cross country champ Lukas Verzbicas of Sandburg will graduate without having run track at the high school level.

Verzbicas confirmed in a Facebook message on Friday that he will not run for the Eagles in the upcoming indoor and outdoor track seasons. "I won't be competing for the IHSA (championships), but I'll race national events," Verzbicas wrote.

He had indicated after winning the Nike and Foot Locker national cross country titles that he might run for the Eagles this spring. But that plan seems to have been derailed by an IHSA ruling that prevents high school athletes from competing in in-season meets not sponsored by USA Track and Field.

Three meets that Verzbicas may compete in are not on the IHSA's approved list: the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York March 11-12, the Millrose Games in New York on Jan. 28 and the Reebok Indoor Games in Boston on Feb. 5.

Also a world-class triathlete, Verzbicas also plans to train for that sport as well this spring.

IHSA changes mind on Nike

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In a reversal of its earlier ruling, the IHSA has decided it is OK after all for Illinois track and field athletes to compete in the Nike Indoor Nationals scheduled for this weekend in Boston.

IHSA executive director Marty Hickman had initially said waivers wouldn't be granted for participation in the meet because, the IHSA believed, it wasn't run by the sport's governing body. But after learning that USA Track and Field is indeed in charge of the meet, the IHSA relented.

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