It won’t make a difference if OPRF head boys track coach Tim Hasso’s cold isn’t gone by the weekend. His team already eased the congestion in his head by winning the Oak Park Sectional at Concordia University on Friday and qualifying for state in 12 out of 18 events.

The Huskies (150 points) took first place in six events, including both the 4×100-meter relay (42.49 seconds) and the 4×200-meter relay (1:29.13). Dan Polk, Brandon Smith, Alex Fleming, and Zach Howard took first in both events.

Patrick Geoghegan won both the 1600-meter run (4:24.49) and the 3200-meter run (9:30.82). Howard also placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.94 seconds.

Fleming placed second in the 100-meter dash in 11.36 seconds, while Andre Smith finished runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.40 seconds).

As impressive as OPRF was on the track, the Huskies were just as stellar on the field. Evan Scott won the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-11.75-inches, and took second in the triple jump (44-11.25). Tom Geraghty finished second in the vault with a leap of 13-feet. Steve Harper qualified for state with a shot put toss of 48-1.75, good for second place at the sectional. Joe McGregor’s season best leap of 6-5 placed him second in the long jump.

“Our goal is to get as many athletes competing on Saturday [in the state finals] as possible,” said Hasso. “Hopefully we’ll be pushed to run faster.”

The Class AA State Meet will be held at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston with the prelims starting on Friday.

Double-time for Friars

Fenwick’s Ryan Shannon, Matt Connelly, Bryan Daugherty and Jordan Kramer will all compete in two events at the Class AA State Meet this weekend.

The group finished first in the 4×800-meter relay (8:06.68) at the Oak Park Sectional on Friday. Shannon (2:00.78) and Connelly (2:03.74) finished first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter run. Daugherty won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 40.98 seconds, while Kramer took second in the 1600-meter run (4:26.24).

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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...