To get an idea at how determined Malachy Schrobilgen is in winning the Class 3A State Cross-country title this season, one must note the difference in times from the OPRF senior’s finish in the regional last year compared to Saturday’s regional at Schiller Woods.

Schrobilgen bolted passed the competition and through the 3-mile course to a time of 14:52 to win the Fenwick Regional on Saturday. His closest challenger, Pat Niyork of Willowbrook, finished a good 10 seconds behind. Last season at regionals, Schrobilgen took first with a time of 15:23. He’s vying this season to up last year’s fifth place finish at state when he timed out at 14:32 at Peoria’s Detweiller Park.

As a team, OPRF placed a distant second at the regional to York, who had two runners finish in the top 5. Scott Milling (15:07) and Kyle Mattes (15:17) finished third and fifth, respectively, for the Dukes. In-between, Fenwick senior Ryan Clardy qualified for sectionals with a time of 15:16.

Along with Schrobilgen’s top performance, the Huskies were led by seniors Nick Reyes, Andrew Drumm and Adam Wood. Reyes finished 11th overall with a time of 15:39, while Drumm placed 20th in 16:11 and Wood 22nd in 16:12.

Others who ran well for the Huskies included Pierce Sheenan (25th, 16:24), Michael Gardner (31st, 16:31) and Jacob Decker (46th, 16:56).

The Huskies, who finished sixth overall at the Class 3A State Meet last season, now move on to the Niles West Sectional in Skokie on Saturday.

OPRF girls cross-country

Erin Schrobilgen, the younger sister of Malachy, led the OPRF girls cross-country team to a fifth place finish at Saturday’s Fenwick Regional. Erin, a sophomore, finished ninth overall in 18:19.

Others who placed well for the Huskies included Katy Kurtz (23rd, 19:45), Liz Reyes (25th, 19:50) and Hannah Gorin (29th, 20:08).

Fenwick girls cross-country

The Fenwick girls cross-country team ran off with its own Class 2A Regional Championship on Saturday.

The Friars took up the 1-5 slots with freshman Olivia Ryan winning the race in 18:12. Becky Steinmeyer finished second in 18:22, while Briana Daley placed third a second behind. Maddie Nicholson finished fourth in 19:40 and Anna Schierl took fifth in 20:03.

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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...

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