It came as no surprise to anyone when Malachy Schrobilgen crossed the finish line first and three of his teammates followed shortly after to secure a regional championship for the OPRF boys cross-country team at Schiller Woods on Saturday.
The Huskies, who are ranked second in the state, had no problem taking down the competition at their own Class 3A Regional. Schrobilgen won the race with a time of 15:23, while fellow Husky Peter Hogenson (15:31) and Jack Stapleton (15:37) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
OPRF had all its runners finish in the top 12. Brendan Donley (15:47) finished sixth, Eunhwan Yoo (16:00) ninth, Michael Gardner (16:12) 10th and Nick Reyes (16:19) 12th for the Huskies.
OPRF garnered a total score of 25, while rival Fenwick finished second and advanced to the sectional with 62. The Friars had two runners place in the top 5. Ian Barnett finished five seconds behind Schrobilgen for second place, while Steve Blazer took third in 15:29.
Other finishers for Fenwick included Ryan Clardy (eighth, 15:52), Brixton Rill (24th, 17:08), Pat Yerkes (25th, 17:14), Ed Egan (30th, 18:01) and Jack Jacobs (34th, 18:16).
The Huskies and Friars travel to Skokie for the sectional this Saturday.
A familiar name also placed first and led the OPRF girls cross-country team to a Class 3A Regional title at Schiller Woods on Saturday morning. OPRF’s Erin Schrobilgen, the freshman sister of Malachy, took first in 18:27 and the Huskies won the meet with 24 points.
Juniors Elizabeth Reyes (19:18), Carolina Cotton (20:01) and Katie Kurtz (20:12) finished fourth through sixth respectively for the Huskies.
Fenwick also advanced to the Niles West Sectional with Brianna Daley and Rebecca Steinmeyer leading the way. Daley, a freshman, finished second in 18:56, while Steinmeyer finished third in 19:01.
The Friars finished second overall with 53 points.