Rack runs to 8th on state course

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By BRAD SPENCER

Katherine Rack's return to Detweiller Park in Peoria Saturday was reminiscent of her visit as a freshman last season. In 2006, Rack ran off to a 10th place finish in 17:19 at the Class AA State tournament. On Saturday at the Peoria Notre Dame Invitational, the sophomore speedster finished eighth overall in 17:33, outrunning 311 other runners.

OPRF didn't place in the top 10 as a team, but the Huskies still turned out some good times. Other finishers included Evangelie Zachos in 19:33 (121st), Pauline Lazzeretti in 19:40 (130th), Heather Joyce in 19:48 (135th), and Daiga Eizis in 20:22 (168th).

The Class 3A State tournament will be run at Detweiller Park on Nov. 3.

On Thursday, Rack led the Huskies to a dual meet victory over Glenbard West and Proviso West at Schiller Woods. Rack finished the 3-mile course in 18:46 to finish first, while Zachos took third overall in 20:20.

The Huskies will now gear up for their own invitational. OPRF hosts the Roy Gummerson invite at Schiller Woods on Saturday (9 a.m.).

Fenwick's Connelly wins invite

Fenwick cross-country runner Margaret Connelly won the David Brady Invitational on Saturday, leading the Friars to a sixth place team finish.

Connelly outran the competition on the 3-mile course with a time of 18:32.

Mother McAuley won the invite with a final score of 38.

Tom Laser and Jack Boyle led the Fenwick boys cross-country team to a first place finish at the Argo Invitational on Saturday. Laser finished fifth overall with a time of 15:56, while Boyle took sixth in 15:58.

The Friars garnered a total score of 55.

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