Track and Field
Oak Park and River Forest pole vaulter Peter Geraghty sprung himself 15-feet-6-inches to a new conference record at the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet held at Concordia University on Saturday.

Geraghty’s vault, which broke a 29-year-old conference record of 15-4, helped the Huskies finish second behind York with 145 points. The junior tied the school’s all-time vault record held by Don Stenger (’95).

Other top finishes for OPRF included Patrick Geoghegan’s first-place performance in the 3200-meter run (9:20.12). Josh Runnels won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.49 seconds, and helped the 800-meter relay team to first in 1:29.35. Levell Coppage, Brandon Smith and Eric Starks were the other members of that top relay team.

Steve Harper won the shotput event with a toss of 53-4, while Evan Scott topped out in the long jump with a leap of 22-1.25.

The Huskies will compete in the Fenwick Sectional on Saturday (2:30 p.m.), also at Concordia University.

Girls track wins sectional

The OPRF girls track and field team won the Fenwick Sectional on Friday and advanced nine events to the Class AA State Meet at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.

Katherine Rack qualified in two events-the 3200-meter run (11:08.76) and the 1600 (5:12.96), both meet records. Brittany Smith won the discus with a record toss of 136-5, and took first in the shotput (39-1.5).

Other state qualifiers included Rachel Waterford (100-meter hurdles, 16.60 seconds), Kaniece Pitts (long jump, 18-5, meet record), Kirsten Weismantle (pole vault, 10-3) and Lauren Yeske (pole vault, 9-6).

The team also advanced its 4×100 (49.50 seconds) and 4×200 (1:45.46) relay teams of Pitts, Raven Adams, Tejuanna Williams and Kristen Kwakwa.

Shannon, Touhy win CCL

Fenwick’s Ryan Shannon and Bill Touhy won long distance races at the Catholic League Championships on Saturday.

Shannon won the 800-meter run in 1:55.51, while Touhy timed out first in the 1600 in 4:46.6.

Fenwick finished eighth as a team with 35.3 points. n

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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...