Oak Park and River Forest High School junior Reese Garland had two big reasons to be excited at the girls track and field West Suburban Conference Silver Meet at Downers Grove North on May 6.
Actually, there were three.
Garland won discus (116 feet-3 inches) and then shot put (35-6) as the Huskies (91 points) tied for second with York behind the host Trojans (125).
In discus, Garland’s winning distance was a lifetime best along with two previous personal or season bests (113-1 and 104-9) on three of her six attempts.
“It’s awesome. All of the practices, rain or shine, it took a lot of work. It means a lot,” Garland said after discus. “Even in the cold, I’m super impressed with myself. I’ve never thrown past 104. I definitely think it was the competition drive. I wanted to be first place but I didn’t want to be just 104. I wanted to get past 110.”
Darnesha Fraley was second in the 100-meter dash (12.81), just 0.05 from first, and the 200 (26.34). Pole vaulter Lena Tang was second, losing on a tiebreaker at 10-6 based on fewer attempts.
Lucca Bibbey (1:01.93) and Bella Brauc (1:02.42) went 3-4 in the 400. Taylor Smith (4.95m in long jump), Teshell O’Neal (33-5.5 in shot) and the 800 relay (Fraley, Rhea Richards, Alicia Gaylord, Saniya Shotwell in 1:49.66) also were third (1:49.66). Fourth-place Katie Stabb’s personal best 11:05.56 in the 3,200 is under the 11:07.39 state cut.
The Huskies compete at the IHSA Class 3A Proviso East Sectional on May 11. Top-two finishers and entries that achieve state-qualifying standards at the sectional advance to state.
OPRF senior Josephine Welin, the defending Class 3A state champion in the 3,200 and runner-up in the 1,600 who has been sidelined all season by injury, said last week she plans to compete at sectionals in her season debut.
OPRF badminton doubles teams off to state
The Oak Park and River Forest High School badminton team will send a pair of doubles teams to the IHSA state championships, which will be at Hinsdale Central on May 12-14.
At the Conant Sectional on May 5, where the Huskies placed second as a team with 9.5 points, senior Amelia Hoog and sophomore Lilianna Jasinska finished third in doubles, while juniors Katherine DeHaan and Caroline Raducha came in fourth.
In singles, Sabine Roser and Zoe Warzecha each reached the semifinals but lost their matches and also fell in the consolation round.
Fenwick, Trinity girls track
The Fenwick and Trinity High School girls track and field teams competed in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red championship meet on May 7 at Loyola Academy.
The Friars placed fourth with 79 points. Junior Bella Daley won the 3,200 meters with a personal-best time of 11:36.25 and took third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:32.29.
Other notable performances by Fenwick were turned in by junior McKenzie McClear (2nd in 100 hurdles, personal-best 16.84 and third in 300 hurdles, 50.86); junior Elizabeth Braun (4th in the long jump, 4.49 meters and 3rd in the triple jump, 9.49m); senior Maureen Moore (fourth in the high jump, 1.37m); and senior Flynn Monahan (4th in 100 hurdles, personal-best 19.03 and 6th in 300 hurdles, personal-best 53.69).
The Blazers came in seventh with 24.5 points. The 1,600 relay placed third with a time of 4:20.96.
“This matches our state time from last year and puts us in a strong position for this Friday’s sectional meet,” coach Johann Gonzalez said. “The group is ahead of where we were at this point last season.”
Trinity’s 3,200 relay finished fourth with a time of 11:44.79.
“We’re looking strong and our goal is to repeat a state trip in both events,” he said.
OPRF boys tennis
The OPRF boys tennis team notched a huge win at Lyons Township High School on May 4, the first time the Huskies have defeated the Lions in nine years.
The Huskies swept in singles as Luca Lissuzzo, Manu Rajagopal and Eli Stein all posted wins. Moreover, Trevor Wilson and Gabe Wolter were victorious in second doubles, as were Jay Ahn and Alex Dolipschi in fourth doubles.
OPRF also went 2-1 at the Naper-Valley Invite May 6-7. One of the Huskies’ wins came against highly regarded Edwardsville, with Dante and Ezra Stukel getting the clincher in doubles.