Huntley senior Ian Geisler set the bar high for his senior cross country season and did not come away disappointed.
Geisler started the season as McHenry County Meet champion and finished with fourth place in the Class 3A boys race at the IHSA Cross Country State Meet. It was Huntley’s highest place in school history and the best area finish since McHenry’s Jesse Reiser won the 2014 Class 3A state title.
Geisler repeats as Northwest Herald Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, selected by the sports staff with input from local coaches.
Geisler, who will run at Iowa next year, finished his career with back-to-back All-State finishes. He took 17th in 3A as a junior.
After winning the Fox Valley Conference Meet, Geisler won the Hononegah Regional and placed third in the St. Charles East Sectional. Geisler answered these questions from sports writer Joe Stevenson.
If you played football what would be your touchdown celebration with your teammates?
Geisler: I think a collective bow would be an interesting touchdown celebration.
What’s the longest distance you have ever run without stopping?
Geisler: I’m not a real high mileage guy. The farthest I’ve ever gone was only 13.1 miles, so a half-marathon.
What sport are you just not good at?
Geisler: As much as I try, I’m just not good at basketball.
Who is the most famous person you have taken a picture with?
Geisler: I honestly don’t take a lot of pictures. The closest thing I have to this is when I ran by (Jacobs graduate and Olympic steeplechaser) Evan Jager when he was going on a run too.
What is your most prized possession?
Geisler: My fourth-place state medal because it represents all the hard work I’ve put in to reach this level.
What was the last really good movie you saw in a theater?
Geisler: Probably “Joker.” Great acting, great cinematography and an interesting story.
What is your favorite wild animal?
Geisler: Gorillas. They’re very much like us, just bigger and stronger.
How do you go about choosing your footwear for running?
Geisler: I usually go to a store and try on a few pairs until I find one that feels just right.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
Geisler: My running watch because I use it almost every day.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you in competition?
Geisler: I was not too happy about it at the time, but looking back it was pretty funny. I was running in the 4x400 for one track meet and my teammate on the leg before me dropped the baton and went out way too hard trying to get back the ground he had lost. He was so tired coming into the handoff that he tried to hand the baton off to the teammate I was supposed to hand it off to, who wasn’t even on the track.
What do you hope people say about you when you’re not around?
Geisler: That I’m somebody they’re proud to be associated with.
What are some good words to live by?
Geisler: We’re all going to die, so live on purpose.
If you could spend a day with anybody from history, who would it be?
Geisler: Going back to spend a day with Steve Prefontaine would be quite interesting.
What scares you?
Geisler: Not living up to my potential.