Cross-country Sectional Results
Injuries took their toll on the OPRF girls' cross-country team at the Niles West Sectional in Skokie on Saturday. The Huskies failed to advance as a team to the IHSA Class AA State tournament by just three points, but Jenny Donley will be the lone runner to represent her team at Detweiller Park in Peoria this weekend as the senior placed 12th overall with a time of 18:36.
"It was certainly not our ideal day," said OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe. "It was a reasonable effort in that we had some key injuries. We're happy Jenny was able to advance."
OPRF star freshman Olivia Bird came up limp near the 2-mile mark due to a sore hip. Bird ended up finishing the race valiantly in 19 minutes and 20 seconds, good for 40th place. Meghan Kiefer was also forced to battle through an injury. Kiefer suffered a sore knee early in the race, but placed 46th with a time of 19:29.
Alison Rack finished 22nd with OPRF's second best time of 18:58. Marianne Kirk, who was out for six weeks earlier in the season rehabbing a leg injury, finished 70th with a time of 20 minutes flat. Katie Hopkins closed out her high school career with a 75th place finish in 20:08.
"We didn't reach our potential and that was due mainly to injuries," said McCabe, who also noted top runner Chelsea Christman was out with a stress fracture. "We weren't deep enough as a program to sustain such setbacks and be safe for a State run."
McCabe was optimistic about the program's future.
"As much as it is a bitter pill to swallow, I think the team has learned a lot this time around," she said. "It will make us strive harder next year, and the younger kids will be all that much more seasoned."
The Huskies finished sixth overall with a score of 171, while West Suburban (Silver) Conference foes York (67) and Lyons Township (69) rounded out first and second, respectively. Boys cross-country: Brendan Murphy and Todd Teren earned their way to the State Meet this weekend by advancing as individuals at the Niles West Sectional.
Although the Huskies failed to advance as a team, finishing eighth with a score of 215, Murphy and Teren will represent the OPRF boys' squad.
Murphy ran to a 13th place finish in 15:25, while Teren placed 23rd with a time of 15:45.
Friars work as a team
It took a team effort by the Fenwick boys' cross-country team to place fourth at the Niles West Sectional and advance to the State Meet this weekend.
The Friars earned a score of 160, tying Loyola who also advanced.
Mark Spadavecchia led Fenwick by placing 18th with a time of 15:41. Jack Gerstner placed 27th for the Friars in 15:52.
Other top runners for Fenwick included Jordan Kramer (32nd, 15:58), Brooks Smith (40th, 16:09), Kyle Hope (43rd, 16:16), Pat McGillen (48th, 16:18) and Ryan Shannon (67th, 16:36). Girls cross-country: Elizabeth Boyle will close out her high school cross-country career competing at the IHSA State Meet this weekend. Boyle was the only Friar to advance out of the Niles West Sectional. The senior ran to 10th place overall with a time of 18:36.