The OPRF track and field team must have left a distinctive mark at the State Meet last weekend at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston. By placing in the top 20 for the second year in a row, the Huskies made sure everyone knew they weren't just young pups battling the big dogs.
Kathryn Gevitz led OPRF by finishing runner up in the finals of the triple jump event on Saturday. Gevitz leapt to 38-7 1/2, behind Marian's Casey Taylor (40-3 ¼). Gevitz battled gusty winds during the preliminaries on Friday, finishing eighth in the long jump (17-6 ½) and ninth in the high jump (5-2). Competing in every jumping event seemed to take its toll on the junior. Both the high jump and long jump first flights took place at the same time, forcing Gevitz to back track to and from each event.
"Kathryn was a little disappointed she didn't do better in the other events, but she is such a grounded person with a good perspective on things," said OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe. "She was thrilled to be in the finals. It was just one of those things where your legs can get worn down in a hurry."
Pole Vaulter Liz Wilkie missed qualifying for the finals by just an inch. Wilkie finished 10th with a vault of 10-feet. Johanne Verpil ended her high school career with a shot put toss of 36-4, good for seventh in the preliminary flight.
OPRF's relay teams had a bitter-sweet time at State. While none of the relays ran well enough to compete in the finals, they all finished the prelims with season best times. Sierra Kidd, Brittany Jackson, Sophia Elie and Deann Green finished the 800-meter medley relay in 1:52.30. The 4x100-meter relay team of Chalawrence Dillard, Elie, Danica Melton, Nikeva Stapleton finished in :49.55. The same group finished the 4x200-meter relay in 1:44.23. Shannon Egan, Marianne Kirk, Edirin Davis and Green closed out the 4x400-meter relay in 4:07.13.
OPRF's finish certainly bodes well for the future. Along with Gevitz, the team will return the bulk of its relay runners.
"I can't help but be excited about next year," said McCabe, who plans on returning to coach both cross-country and track again next year, despite not teaching at the school."
Friars close out season
The Fenwick girls' team closed out its season with two respectable showings in the preliminary relay events on Friday.
Lauren Shannon, Erin Power, Jessica Pieczynski, and Katie Feldman took sixth in the 4x400 medley relay preliminary flight with a time of 4:07.52. The group also took seventh (1:54.90) in the preliminary flight for the 800-medley relay.