The OPRF boys track and field team finished strong at the Class 3A State Meet held at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium last week.
Peter Geraghty closed out his impressive high school pole vaulting career by finishing fourth in the event at state with a vault of 15-feet-6-inches. Geraghty actually tied two other vaulters for second place, but had to settle for fourth due to his one miss at that height. Geraghty also finished fourth at state last season as a junior. Mick Vicken of Rolling Meadows jumped 16-10 to win the event.
The Huskies also did well in the track events. In his first year competing in the sport, Devin Banks finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.75 seconds. Eric Starks, Josh Brooks, Banks and Josh Runnels finished eighth in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:30.06. The 4×800-meter relay team of Kevin Binns, Eunwan Yoo, Peter Hogenson and Brendan Donley finished seventh overall with a time of 7:54.63.
Freshman Malechy Schrobilgem finished 16th in the 3200-meter run in 9:34.26, while Jack Stapleton placed 21st (9:39.00) in the event.
“I would have liked for us to do a little bit better than we did, but after some house cleaning a couple of months ago we had to go with what we had,” said OPRF head coach Tim Hasso, referring to his letting go four starters for disciplinary reasons earlier in the season. “We were stretched thin, but this is a young team and a lot of guys got some good experience competing at state. The program should be in good form next season.”
With young talent like Stapleton, Banks, Schrobilgem, Dorion Grant and high jumper Carl Heinz, the Huskies look poised for a return trip to state in the future.
This season, OPRF finished first in 15 of 18 meets, including sectionals.
“We had a very good season with a real determined squad,” said Hasso. “We wanted to break the top 10 this year, but that will have to wait until next year.”
OPRF’s West Suburban (Silver) Conference rival York won the meet with a final score of 56. The Huskies finished tied for 16th overall with Huntley and Rolling Meadows. OPRF finished 12th at state last year.