OPRF remains a step behind York

Boys cross-country team misses chance at upending Dukes

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

The OPRF boys cross-country team’s bid to unseat York from its dominance over the Huskies in dual meets for the last nine years fell short yesterday at Schiller Woods. Top-ranked OPRF lost 25-31 to the No. 2-ranked Dukes, who the Huskies defeated at the Peoria Invitational just two weeks ago.

York’s Jack Driggs won the meet and broke a course record set by OPRF’s Malachy Schrobilgen last week. Driggs finished in 14:40.3, while Schrobilgen’s record was 14:54.99. Schrobilgen finished Thursday’s race in third place with a time of 15:12.6.        

Jack Stapleton led the Huskies by finishing second in 15:12.5.  

“Our top three guys ran great, but the rest of the team did not respond to York’s small surge around the mile and half marker,” said OPRF Jose Sosa. “It’s a bit disappointing, but I’m not too concerned about it. We place a lot more emphasis on invitationals because they are so similar to the state meet, and I’m extremely happy with way we have been running in those.”

Sosa added that he’ll rest his varsity team this weekend and bring up some junior varsity runners to compete at the Niles West Invitational on Saturday.   

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