Determined Huskies run wounded to 4th place

Friars leave CCL North in the dust, take first

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By BRAD SPENCER

Cross-country Conference Results
Injuries have given the OPRF girls' cross-country team fits this season, and the bad karma carried over to the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet at Schiller Park on Saturday.

The Huskies were forced to settle for fourth place (79) in part due to the conference's steep competition, but also because Chelsea Christman was running on a severely sore left ankle. The junior, who had her foot taped before the race, managed to finish 34th overall with a time of 20:56. Freshman phenom Olivia Bird led the Huskies, missing the top 10 by just two seconds with a time of 19 minutes flat.

Other finishers included Alison Rack (15th place, 19:17), Megan Kiefer (16th place, 19:19), Jenny Donley (18th place, 19:32) and Marianne Kirk, who ran her first race since suffering a stress fracture of her tibia earlier in the season. Kirk timed out at 21:18, for 39th place.

OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe said she's seriously considering moving a few younger runners to varsity for the upcoming regional. Due to college testing on the same day of the race at Schiller Woods on Saturday, and along with OPRF's injuries, McCabe may insert young runners Daiga Eizis and Pauline Lazeretti into the rotation. Eizis finished eighth overall (20:46) in the frosh/soph tournament on Saturday.

"We'll have a runner out due to testing and with our injuries I think it's wise to give the younger girls a shot," said McCabe. "I'll have some tough decisions this week on where to lock runners in at."

Race time begins at 1 p.m.

OPRF boys: Fourth place was contagious on Saturday as the boys' team finished fourth (79) at its WSC Meet held at Lyons Township. Brendan Murphy led the Huskies with a seventh place finish in 15:48. The senior was followed by Todd Teren's 11th place finish (16:09) and Kris Rey-Talley's 12th place finish (16:10).

A pack of Huskies filled up the 24th-26th places when Nick Blench (16:59), Kenneth Ptack (17:03), and John Binder (17:04) finished consecutively.

Friars run off with league title

Jack Gerstner, Mark Spadavecchia, Jordon Kramer, Kyle Hope and Brooks Smith ran off with it, literally. The group helped Fenwick win the Chicago Catholic League (North) Meet at Turtle Creek by a resounding landslide. The Friars finished with a score of 29, a great distance from its nearest competitor Loyola, who finished second with a score of 43.

Gerstner led the Friars with a second place finish in 15:10. Spadavecchia followed with a fourth place finish in 15:29, while Kramer timed out at 15:46, Hope in 15:56, and Smith in 15:59.

Fenwick girls: The Friars finished fifth (132) at the East Suburban Catholic Conferene Meet at St. Viator on Saturday. Liz Boyle led the team with a seventh place finish in 18:14.

Blazers finish fourth

Trinity's Jennifer Fornek led her team to a fourth place finish at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Meet on Saturday.

Fornek raced to a time of 18:50, good for seventh place overall.

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