Twelve teams competed in the Jim Arnold Boys Track and Field Invitational held at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, but the meet turned out to be a three-team battle.
Glenbard South overtook OPRF in the last event by grabbing first place in the 4×400 and gaining 10 points for a final score of 78. OPRF finished three points behind, while Lake Park topped out at third with a 73.33.
“We performed well, but moving forward we need to clean some things up,” said OPRF boys track and field coach Tim Hasso. “Everyone needs to understand that every point matters. One or two points here and there will make all the difference. We were in command and then it started slipping. We need to put forth the best quality finish to wrap up meets like this.”
Danny Brennan finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.19 seconds, giving OPRF its first two points of the meet. OPRF’s Nick Reyes won the 3200 in 9:46.67, while teammate Sam Fourman finished third with a time of 9:55.01. Peter Hogenson finished second in the 1600-meter run in 4:29.17. Brendan Donley, Malachy Schrobilgen, Jack Stapleton, and Grant McMillan won the 4×800-meter relay in 7:56.30.
Hasso said from a team perspective the meet sort of reminded him of last season’s West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet where the Huskies had to settle for second by just a couple of points. “This is the time in the year when we need to start getting those extra points here and there,” he said. “We did a lot of good things, but I do feel we can do better. This is a good reminder that we can’t afford to leave points out there and have opponents close in on us towards the end of a meet. This is a wakeup call for us.”
Hasso added that he mixed up the lineup a bit and didn’t necessarily go with his strongest runners. Both Schrobilgen and Stapleton were held out of the individual events.
“We haven’t officially started tapering yet, but we wanted to use our depth for this meet,” he said. “The plan is to make sure everyone stays healthy and isn’t overworked heading into May.”
In the field events, Carl Heinz won the high jump with a leap of 6-8. The junior also finished second in the long jump (21-3.5) and third in the triple jump (42-8.5).
Hasso was most impressed with the frosh/soph team that ran faster times than the varsity in some of the relay events. “They ran hungry and motivated. It gives us something to think about going forward. We’re going to put the strongest lineup out there as possible.”
OPRF travels to the Hinsdale Central Invitational on Friday. The Huskies will conclude the regular season competing in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet at Glenbard West on May 14.