After two delays due to thunder and a transfer of the competition to an indoor facility, the OPRF girls track and field team finished the Fenwick Sectional by qualifying several athletes for the upcoming Class 3A State Meet.
The Huskies overcame challenges from both the weather and their competition to win six events during Friday’s sectional, which began at Concordia University and ended up in their own fieldhouse in Oak Park.
Brittany Smith won both the shot put (41-feet 9-inches) and the discus throw (147-11), while Kirsten Weismantle finished first in the pole vault with a vault of 10-9, a personal best. Katie Bell also qualified in the pole vault by finishing second with a jump of 9-9, a personal best.
Kaniece Pitts dominated the long jump with a leap of 18-10.75.
“Our team rose to the occasion,” said OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe. “They seemed to be on a mission.”
Rachel Waterford finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-1.
OPRF won two out of the four relays. Pitts, Ashley Parish, Tejuanna Williams and Erin Svehla took first in the 4×200 with a time of 1:47.90. Pitts, Parish, Williams and Maya Bird-Murphy won the 4×100 in 50.30 seconds.
Freshman Elisabeth Reyes qualified for state by finishing third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:19.
The Class 3A State Meet begins Thursday, May 21 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Boys track and field
The OPRF boys track and field team finished third at the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Championship last week.
The Huskies garnered a score of 135. Devin Banks won the 100-yard dash in 10.72 seconds. Dorion Grant took first in the shot put with a throw of 48-1/2.
Peter Geraghty tied his own conference record of 15-6 to win the pole vault event.
York won the tournament with a score of 171.
The Huskies compete in the Fenwick Sectional to be held at Concordia University on Saturday.