The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys track and field team won the West Suburban Conference Silver Division championship May 13 at Lyons Township High School in convincing fashion. The Huskies’ 153 points outdistanced second-place Hinsdale Central by 49 points.
Senior Ian Kelley swept the hurdles events for OPRF, winning the 110 meters in 15.62 seconds and the 300 in 38.60.
Other winners for the Huskies were sophomore Kaden Garland in the shot put (16.33 meters), senior Patrick Diakite in the high jump (1.95m), and junior Josh Meister in the pole vault (4.35m).
OPRF had plenty of standout performances from its younger athletes. Freshman Caleb Schulz finished second in the 100 meters with a personal best time of 11.46 seconds, sophomore Kevin McGovern came in third in the 200 with a personal best 22.96, sophomore Michael Michelotti placed third in the 1600 (personal best 4:21.11), sophomore Mehki Austin was third in the high jump (1.85m), Garland was third in the discus (42.70m) and sophomore Samuel Gray was third in the shot put (14.34m).
The Huskies also received contributions from upperclassmen. Senior Patrick Reed was second in the 400 meters (personal best 50.87) and senior Nzube Nwafo took second in the long jump (6.58 meters).
The OPRF badminton team finished in a tie for 32nd with 1.5 points at the IHSA state meet May 12-14.
Each of the two Huskies’ doubles teams went 1-2 in the tournament. Caroline Raducha and Katherine DeHaan won their opening match 21-14, 21-19 over Glenbard North, but lost their second-round match to Hinsdale South, then dropped a consolation match to Naperville Central.
OPRF’s Amelia Hoog and Lilianna Jasinska lost their opening match to Stevenson. After winning their first consolation match against Lockport 21-12, 21-17, the duo dropped the next match to Highland Park.
Fenwick boys track
The Fenwick High School boys track and field team placed seventh with 42 points at the Chicago Catholic League meet May 14 at Loyola Academy.
Junior Will Shannon was the Friars’ sole winner of the day, taking the triple jump with a distance of 13.09 meters.
Fenwick received strong showings from senior Lee O’Bryan, who took second in the 800 with a personal best time of 1:58.62; junior Grayden Rill, who placed second and established a new personal best time of 4:27.85; and sophomore Nate McKillop, who came in fourth in the 3200 (personal-best 9:52.43).
The Friars will host an IHSA Class 2A sectional at Concordia University in River Forest on May 18.
Fenwick girls soccer
Fenwick was hoping to claim a share of the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division title when they traveled to Loyola Academy on May 10.
But after a tightly played first half, the host Ramblers exploded for three second-half goals to secure a 3-0 victory and the title.
The Friars (8-6-2), who are seeded third in their own IHSA Class 2A sectional, also host a regional. Fenwick opened postseason play May 17 (after press time) against Fenton. Assuming a Friars win, either Pritzker or Prosser would be their opponent in the regional title game May 20.
The Blazers ended the regular season on a positive note, defeating visiting Bulls Prep 3-1 on Senior Night on May 11 at Dominican University. Freshman Lesly Guerra had two goals and an assist, and senior Isabel Rodriguez tallied her first goal of the year.
“The support of classmates, families, and friends was instrumental in motivating our athletes,” said Trinity coach Alex Hurtado. “By improving our team play, we’ve been able to score more, which was an area we sought to improve since the beginning of the season.”
Trinity (2-11-1) had a daunting task on May 17 (after press time) when they traveled to Amundsen for an IHSA Class 2A regional semifinal against Payton Prep, the top seed in the Fenwick Sectional.
“We’ll need to defend as a team and take advantage of our chances on the break to see a successful match,” Hurtado said.