A mud-riddled course didn’t stop both Oak Park and River Forest cross-country teams from finishing fourth at their own Roy Gummerson Invitational held at Schiller Woods on Saturday.

The OPRF girls had two runners finish in the top 10. Sisters Katherine and Alison Rack finished fourth (18:50) and ninth (19:12), respectively, for the Huskies, who snagged fourth with 103 points. Stagg won the invite with 70 points, while Sandburg (76) and Lockport (84) rounded out second and third places.

OPRF girls head coach Sarah McCabe said she was pleased with her team’s finish, considering the steep competition at this year’s meet.

“Stagg, Sandburg, and Lockport are all ranked in the top 10, so we knew it would be a challenge to make a move on them,” she said. “But for us to edge out Loyola, who we’ll see at sectionals is very pleasing. And to beat them in tough conditions is also another plus.”

Other OPRF contributors included Marianne Kirk (19:56, 20th), Camille Range (20:24, 27th), Diaga Eizis (21:00, 43rd), and Emily Rowan (21:36, 59th), who returned to the lineup after a bout with tendonitis.

OPRF was without Heather Olson (tendonitis) and Evangelie Zachos (knee), but, McCabe said, both are expected back this week.

The Huskies host Downers Grove North on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), before taking to the lakeshore on Saturday (9 a.m.) for a meet at Montrose Harbor in Chicago where they’ll face Loyola once again.

“We’re on the right track; we just need to get some people healthy and we should be in good shape,” said McCabe.

The OPRF boys team finished strong behind the running of Patrick Geoghegan, who placed second overall with a time of 15:57.

The Huskies garnered 109 points for fourth place. They’ll travel to Crete-Monee on Saturday.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...