The past two seasons, Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Komiyah Martin had been part of second-place finishes in the 400-meter relay at Glenbard West’s Sue Pariseau Invitational.

The relay won Saturday, and Martin and the Huskies weren’t done.

Martin not only led off the 400 relay (49.84 fully automatic time) but also the victorious 800 relay (season-best 1:45.79) with junior Chisom Nwoko, senior Myia Jones and junior anchor Norma Abdur-Rafia.

Abdur-Rafia later won the 200 (26.03) and came back quickly to anchor the second-place 1,600 relay with Nwoko, junior Chena Underhill and Jones (4:10.51).

“It was really encouraging and I knew we had something to accomplish. We wanted to make some noise so making a lot a noise felt good,” Martin said. “Coming here and getting first (in the 400 relay) makes us proud that we’re doing better.”

The Huskies (66 points) were fifth and would have been at least fourth if not for the cancellation of pole vault in wet and windy conditions.

The relays like their state chances. At the 2014 Class 3A state meet, the 400 relay with Martin, Nwoko and Abdur-Rafia was an all-state seventh (48.66) and the 800 relay with Nwoko, Martin, Jones and senior Bri Holloway was 10th (1:42.32).

“We want to bring up our (state) place and finish top-three, first. I’m sure we can do it,” Martin said. “We’ve gotten more strength and positive attitudes. All of our times are improving in individual events so if you put that together, I think we have a really strong relay team.”

Abdur-Rafia was an all-state sixth in the 200 (25.15) in 2014 behind five seniors. Abdur-Rafia overcame Saturday’s conditions to win the 200 by .44 and follow up with the 1,600 relay.

“(Doing both events was) horrible because first of all, it was just cold and yucky and my feet feel like a swamp. And then on top of that, I just did not like it,” Abdur-Rafia said.

“The rain kind of messes with things, but we still did our best and came out successful,” Nwoko said. “What I like is we’re really supportive of each other. We have each other’s backs so it’s easy to do well.”

Junior Chardae Bennett was third in shot put (35-3 1/2). Underhill was fourth in the 300 low hurdles (50.15). On the sophomore level, Katie Lingen, Athena Lesiotis, Mahal Schroeder and Hallie Voss won the 3,200 relay in an invite-record 10:06.23 and would have placed fifth in the varsity race.

OPRF boys track

OPRF sophomore Irwin Loud again competed like a veteran Friday to win the 3,200 at Downers Grove South’s Bob Cohoon Invite.

Loud’s 9:20.81 FAT held off Downers South junior Jack Lalonde (9:22.05) after taking the lead with 150 meters left and answering Lalonde’s surge down the stretch.

“Irwin was incredible. The kid gets better every week,” OPRF coach Tim Hasso said. “The thing I admire about him is he keeps making adjustments and is running smart, tactical races.”

The Huskies (62 points) finished fourth in a competitive 16-team field while seeking answers toward assembling their strongest state lineup.

Senior Kenny Brown was second in high jump (6-5) on a tiebreaker and third in long jump (21-3 3/4). Junior Jack Monaghan (800 in 1:59.45) and the 1,600 relay of Brandon Gage, Kimathi Johnson, Sebastian Johnson and Chris Wright-Madison (3:26.85) were third, and seniors Graham Failor (lifetime-best 155-11 in discus), Sebastien Johnson (300 intermediate hurdles in 40.31) and Marcus Shenouda-Colburn (13-0 in pole vault) and the 400 relay with Rino Watson, Tyron Jones, De’Viaughn Benion and Desmond Bird-Murphy (42.90) were fourth. Gage and Watson are sophomores.

“We did a lot of experimentation and put a lot of juniors and seniors in individual events,” Hasso said. “We’re going to have to continue to develop high-end finishers. Our relays have the chance of being pretty good.”

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