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Former OPRF star Schrobilgen wins Big Ten; Friars' Ryan set to chase state title

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COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

Schrobilgen wins Big Ten title

Wisconsin freshman Malachy Schrobilgen claimed the 2013 Big Ten Cross Country Championship in West Lafayette, Ind. over the weekend. Schrobilgen, a former OPRF cross country star, posted a time of 24:16.9 to earn first place, finishing ahead of Purdue sophomore Matt McClintock (24:17.9). Indiana (51) won the Men's 8K title followed by Michigan (66) and Wisconsin (71).

During his brilliant high school career with the Huskies, Schrobilgen was the state champion in the 3,200 meter run in 2012 and a state runner-up during his junior campaign. He was also a three-time All-Illinois and three-time All-West Suburban Conference cross-country runner among many other honors.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONALS

GIRLS

OPRF

The Huskies qualified for the state finals this weekend with a strong showing at the loaded Lake Park Sectional. OPRF finished third (141) behind champion Glenbard West (30) and New Trier (76). Maine South and Loyola also qualified for state.

Freshman Mary Blankemeier paced OPRF with a time of 17:36, followed by Erin Schrobilgen (18:10), Jennifer Smith (18:44), Hannah Gorin (18:58), Haley Thompson (19:06), Mahal Schroeder (19:19) and Ainsley Tran (19:27). Thompson and Tran are sophomores while Schroeder is another promising freshman like Blankemeier.

Fenwick

Although the team didn't qualify for the state finals, junior Olivia Ryan and senior Briana Daley will represent the Friars after strong runs at the Lake Park Sectional. Ryan finished third (17:11) behind sectional champ Madeline Perez (16:44) of Glenbard West and runner-up Mimi Smith of New Trier (16:55). The Friars' other state qualifier, Daley, finished the race at 17:59 for 12th place.

Fenwick (219) took seventh place overall, while sectional champion Glenbard West (30), New Trier (76), Oak Park and River Forest (141), Maine South (188) and Loyola (205) advanced to state.

Trinity

The Blazers secured the fifth and final spot to qualify for state at the Chicago U-High Sectional with 126 points. Sophomore Emily Doyle set the pace for Trinity finishing the race at 20:15, good for 15th place. Junior Tatiana Nieves (20:26) placed 19th.

Other notable runners for Trinity at the sectional included Paige Jaffe (20:45), Erin Nelson (20:47), Mary Bea Halloran (21:41), Sara Doyle (22:37) and Jacqueline Josephs (22:56).

U-High Sectional winner Jones, Payton, U-High (all Chicago schools) and Elmwood Park were the other state qualifiers.

BOYS

Fenwick

Junior Sal Flight ran a time of 15:10 to take ninth at the loaded Lake Park Sectional. The Riverside resident, who has been the Friars' top runner this fall, moves on to the state finals this weekend.

OPRF

The Huskies came in ninth place at the Lake Park Sectional, scoring 239 points.

-Marty Farmer

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Posted: November 9th, 2013 9:48 AM

Congratulations to Malachy! Wow, this is huge NEWS, and deserves a front page article. He is a GREAT kid, running in a great sport. Please consider talking up the merits of cross country for kids -- as an alternative to those who feel they just to do not have what it takes to play a major sport. It is a GREAT individual sport -- scored on a TEAM basis.

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