Liz Reyes may only be a freshman, but on Saturday on a bumpy 3.04-mile cross-country course at Proviso West High School, she ran like a seasoned pro. Reyes stuck with All-state runners from Lyons Township, Hinsdale Central and York to finish fourth overall with a time of 18:35 at the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet.

Reyes, who finished runner-up at a triangular meet with York on the same course a few weeks ago, helped the Huskies top off at fourth place as a team with a score of 106. Hinsdale Central won the conference meet with 39 points, while York (48) and Lyons (54) rounded out second and third places, respectively.

OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe said she was pleased with the fourth-place finish.

“How do you motivate your athletes to get excited about fourth place? It’s a tough fierce race in our conference. There isn’t a weak link,” she said. “But we’re thrilled, really we are. Mission accomplished. It sounds crazy to be thrilled with finishing fourth but it was our goal and we did it. The conference is so stocked this season and we weren’t going to make unrealistic goals.”

Other finishers for OPRF included Carolina Cotton, who timed out at 19:23. The freshman finished 20th overall. Marnie Kinnaird finished 24th in 19:30, while junior Evangalie Zachos placed 26th in 19:45. Katherine Rack, who placed fifth at state last year, is still working on getting back into shape after suffering a stress fracture over the summer. The junior finished 32nd overall on Saturday with a time of 20:32.

Camile Range placed 35th (21:15) and Christina Himelich 36th (21:17) for the Huskies.

“The youthfulness on this team shows us nice potential for the future,” said McCabe. “But they also have great potential to go a long way in the postseason.”

The Huskies host the Oak Park Regional at Schiller Woods this Saturday. Start time is 10 a.m. The regional will likely come down to a battle between OPRF and Fenwick, which finished fourth at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Meet on Saturday. The Friars boast junior Margaret Connolly, who won her second straight conference meet.

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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...