By Brad Spencer
As the track and field regular season winds down — just one meet left before the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet — and the OPRF boys team preps to make a run at a possible Class 3A state title or Top 5 finish, we recently caught up with one of the Huskies’ stars, Malachy Schrobilgen.
You may remember Schrobilgen, who back in November finished fifth overall at the Class 3A Boys Cross-country State Meet. As a sophomore last year, he also helped the track team to an 11th place finish by placing ninth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:23.88. He’s on track to better that finish this season, but the going won’t be easy with the return of York’s Jack Driggs, who finished second in the event in 9:13.17.
Schrobilgen was held out of the event last week at the Jim Arnold Invitational to rest. He ran only the 4x800, which finished first (7:56.30).
“Saturday was an okay race for me personally,” he said of running the final leg of the relay that also featured Brendan Donley, Jack Stapleton and Grant McMillan. “I definitely didn't have the kick that I would've liked at the end of my race, but we ended up with a good time for our 4x8. I knew it was going to be my only race that day so I wanted to give it my all.”
Schrobilgen said the intense practices and meets during the regular season should benefit the Huskies in the coming weeks.
“I think right now we are all feeling pretty tired during workouts, which is a good thing because it means we'll be able to peak well during the state series. I know I still have a ways to go personally before I reach my goals for this season.”
With Carl Heinz leading the way in a few field events and Danny Brennan making headway in the sprints, Schrobilgen said the team is at its strongest right now.
“A lot of guys, like Jack Stapleton especially, are looking really good and are going to make some statements during conference, sectionals, and state,” he said.
Stapleton, who was hobbled by a foot injury at the onset of the outdoor season, is now 100-percent healthy. The senior finished 13th in the 3200 last year at state in 9:26.55.
“Our whole team seems a lot more focused than it was at this point last year and I think that's our best weapon as a team,” added Schrobilgen. “We're hoping to continue that focus to when it really counts.”
The Huskies travel to Hinsdale Central this Friday for an invitational.