The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys track and field team ran away with the IHSA Class 3A Lane Tech Sectional title on June 9 with 157 points, 84 better than runner-up Niles West.
The Huskies finished first and second in two events, the 100-meter dash (Naahlyee Bryant, DeShawn Willis) and the pole vault (Thano Pantazopoulos, Josh Meister). In all, OPRF qualified all four relays along with nine individuals for the state finals, which take place June 19 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
The Huskies’ other individual winners were Ryan McFadden in the 200 meters, Ian Kelley in the 300 hurdles, Kaden Garland in the shot put, and Wells Ipema in the high jump. Garland also advanced in the discus with a second-place showing.
Three of OPRF’s four relays were victorious. The 400-meter relay of McFadden, Willis, Liam Moroney and Bryant won with a time of 42.01 seconds, and the same four won the 800 relay in a time of 1:29.75. The 1,600 relay team of Ben Brandt, Owen Augustine, Eamon Cavanaugh and Lou Delano took first in a time 7:57.97, while the 3,200 relay of Emmett Perry, Augustine, Leo Rooney and Brandt took second and advanced to the state meet in 3:28.49.
Fenwick advances relay, 6 individuals to state
Fenwick High school’s track and field team placed second at the IHSA Class 2A Glenbard South Sectional with 102 points. The Friars qualified one relay along with six individuals for the state finals on June 18.
Fenwick’s day was highlighted by a one-two finish in the 800 meters. Lee O’Bryan won with a personal-best time of 1:58.73, followed by Grayden Rill at 1:59.15. The Friars’ other individual winner was Stephen Brown, who won the 200 meters in a personal-best 22.79 seconds.
Other advancing individuals were Brown in the 100 meters, Rill in the 1,600 and Zac Daley in the 3,200.
The Friars’ 400-meter relay of Brown, Max Reese, Joey Schultz and Jacque Walls was victorious in a time of 43.70 seconds.