Friars' O'Brien, Trinity fare well at state cross country meet

Fenwick's lone state qualifier finishes in top 100 in Class 3A; Trinity takes 21st in 2A

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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

Senior Margaret O'Brien ran the three-mile course at Peoria's Detweiller Park in a personal-best time of 18:11 to finish 100th in the IHSA Cross Country State Championship in Class 3A over the weekend.

O'Brien earned her way to the state finals with a strong showing at the Lake Park Sectional. She finished that race with a time of 18:14.

At the sectional, other contributors for Fenwick included Arlene Amaya (19:03), Marie O'Brien (19:12), Mary Bridge Donahue (19:35), Katie Cahill (19:42) and Maria Quinn (19:45).

Fenwick finished 11th in the team standings with a score of 266 at Lake Park.


The Blazers finished 21st (496 points) in the team standings of the Class 2A state finals. Senior Emma Creviston recorded the Blazers' fastest time at 18:22, good for 38th place. Fellow seniors Alyssa Jimenez (115/19:26) and Grace Brown (136/19:44) also led Trinity. Alexis Mendoza, Sylvia Ritzler and Kate Foley competed at state as well.

Previously, the Blazers had punched their ticket to the state meet by placing third at the U-High Sectional. Trinity (82) trailed only sectional champion Latin (43) and St. Viator (81).

Creviston came in second at 19:11.7, trailing only Lake Park's Marianne Mihas 18:20.8

A mix of talented veterans and promising underclassmen comprised the rest of the Trinity lineup. Jimenez (20:07), Brown (20:14) and Mendoza (20:23) strengthened the Blazers' bid for a state berth with solid runs. The rest of the pack included Cohn (20:44), Witzler (20:36) and Foley (21:02).


Although the Oak Park and River Forest High School girls cross country team finished one spot short of qualifying for the state final, the Huskies produced their best race of the year.

Competing in the Lake Park Sectional's stacked field, including nationally-ranked teams like Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard West, the Huskies (299 points) acquitted themselves well with a sixth-place finish.

Running in cool and damp conditions, OPRF junior Violet Harper led the team with a time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds over the three-mile grass course. Junior Hannah Thompson (18:44.35), freshman Nora Wollen (19:04.70), junior Eleanor Kallay (19:07.15), senior Talia Brookstein-Burke (19:15.47), freshman Maggie Rose Baron (19:23) and junior Molly Ryan (20:28) also represented OPRF.

Sectional champion Wheaton Warrenville South (51), Glenbard West (73), New Trier (79), York (132) and Maine South (210) qualified for the state meet.

Glenbard West sophomore Katelynne Hart recorded a time of 16:28 as the sectional's individual champion.

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Tom Tarrant  

Posted: November 8th, 2017 6:05 PM

Oak Park girls scored 220 points not 299 They missed by a mere 9 points and upset multiple teams Great job huskies

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