The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls track & field team placed first in all four relays and three individual events to win the Whitney Young Sectional in Class 3A action over the weekend.
The Huskies, who tied Metea Valley for fourth at the 3A state finals last year, scored 151 points at Whitney Young, followed by the host Dolphins (132.5), Lane (79), St. Ignatius (78) and Kenwood (42).
“Our relays weren’t as strong but we were strong enough [to advance],” OPRF coach Tom Tarrant said. “If [Chisom Nwoko] comes back, we’re going to be a force to reckon with. We’ll probably, definitely be top 10, top eight [as a team at state]. With Chisom, I think we could be a top-three [trophy] team.”
Senior Norma Abdur-Rafia won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.62 seconds. The Huskies also produced a pair of champs in field events, as Nwoko won pole vault (10 feet, 3 inches) and senior Chardae Bennett took first in shot put (36-10).
Nwoko only competed in pole vault at the sectional. She has been nursing a hamstring that she strained during the 400 relay at the West Suburban Conference Silver Meet.
Other state meet qualifiers for OPRF include sectional runner-ups: Chena Underhill (pole vault/10-3), Melissa Sanders (high jump/4-11), Faith Clark (shot put/33-10.50), Rachel Rowe (triple jump/36-02.75), Mary Blankemeier (800/2:18.53) and Ainsley Train (1,600/5:32.43).
Fenwick girls track & field
Senior Grace Cronin won the 100-meter high hurdles and 300 low hurdles as the Friars finished fifth (50 points) at the Lisle Sectional in Class 2A. The Notre Dame-bound Cronin recorded winning times of 14.52 in the 100 hurdles and 43.84 in the 300 hurdles to qualify for the state meet in both events.
Freshman Colleen Grogan placed fourth in the 300 hurdles at 46.70 as another state meet qualifier.
In the relays, the 3,200 quartet of Delaney Gibbons, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Grace Babbo and Arriana Arroyo came in first (9:49.09).
Trinity girls track & field
Senior Siera Brown qualified for the Class 2A state meet in four individual events as the Blazers finished fourth overall with 77 points at the Lisle Sectional. Brown took first in the high jump (5-1) and triple jump (37-04.50), second in long jump (17-6) and fourth in 100 hurdles (15.74).
Sophomore Hailey Hansen won the 3,200 with a time of 11:16.43, and senior Kenzie Hunt also qualified for state with a runner-up finish in the 100 (13.18).
The 400 relay team of Sanaaa Smith, Hunt, Emily Murphy and Sarah Murphy notched second with a time of 51.48.
Winning pitcher Emily Richardson (13-0) kept her unbeaten streak intact Saturday with a complete-game three-hitter as the Huskies defeated Hinsdale Central 6-0. The Valparaiso-bound Richardson also starred offensively with a pair of two-run homers for OPRF (26-2, 10-0 West Suburban Silver).
“I have a great defense behind me so I’m never nervous that someone is not going to make a play,” Richardson said. “I didn’t like putting the ball in play as much [as they did], but I’m glad the defense was there to pick me up.”
The Huskies had a shutout victory, 3-0, against Hinsdale Central on Friday as well. Junior pitcher Chardonnay Harris (10-2) went the distance, scattering four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. Shortstop Maeve Nelson (3-for-4, RBI), catcher Mariah Scott (2-for-3), left-fielder Ireland Flannery (2-for-3, double) and second baseman Fiona Girardot (2-for-4) fueled the offense.
The Friars went 1-2 at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Softball Tournament. After an opening round loss to Bishop McNamara in Kankakee, the Friars responded by winning a 6-5 thriller over Resurrection. Fenwick junior Grace Tucek (2-for-4) hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kayley Sherwood finished 3-for-4 against the Bandits.
Fenwick lost to Mother McAuley 2-0 in the fifth-place game of the tourney. Junior shortstop Giselle Diaz, an all-conference selection along with Tucek, went 2-for-3 for Fenwick (15-14).
Fenwick boys volleyball
The Chicago Catholic League White champs rolled to a 25-15, 25-19 win against Latin in Oak Park. Senior outside hitters Pat Kenny (7 kills) and Pat Daly (5 kills) led the Friars offensively, while senior setter Nick Saber dished out 14 assists and libero Nick Lillig had 11 digs. Along with those four players, Luke Wolff and Alex Daun received recognition before the game as part of the Friars’ Senior Night celebration.
OPRF boys volleyball
The Huskies (10-21) lost matches against Leyden and York last week. In a 25-21, 25-21 loss against Leyden, Connor Grimes and Liam Shannon had three kills apiece in the conference crossover match.
Shannon (6 kills, 5 blocks), Teddy Economos (6 kills) and Grimes (4 kills) played well during the Huskies’ 25-17, 25-20 loss at York.
Fenwick boys tennis
Fueled by a pair of third-place showings in doubles, the Friars finished fifth overall with 22 points at the Chicago Catholic League Championships.
Loyola won the title with a score of 37, followed by St. Ignatius (31), Marmion (28) and De La Salle (26).
Promising freshman Carlos Gutierrez placed fourth at No. 1 singles and junior Mike Prabhu took fifth at No. 3 singles for Fenwick. Jeff Cappelli also played well at second singles.
Bill Stone contributed to this roundup