By Brad Spencer
The OPRF track and field team closed out the indoor season by taking first place in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet on Saturday.
The Huskies garnered 122 points while York finished second with 106 and Downers Grove North rounded out third with a distant 81.
OPRF had several athletes finish first in multiple events. Evan Fisher won both the 600 and 800 meter dash. He took first in the 600 with a time of 1:24.6. In the 800, he crossed the finish line in 1:59.9.
Fisher also anchored the 4x400 relay team that took first in 3:31.3. Miles Fountain, Lionel Townes and Francis Andoh were the other members of that first-place squad.
Malachy Schrobilgen, who is headed to the University of Wisconsin next season, took first in the 3200 with a time of 9:27.5. The senior also won the 1600 in 4:23.9.
High jumper Carl Heinz, who became OPRF's first state champion in boys track and field since 1987 after clearing 6-8 last season, took first by clearing the same height on Saturday. The Duke-bound Heinz actually cleared 6-10 last season, but officially won with his 6-8 leap. He became OPRF's first high jump state champion since John Steele won the event in 1980.
He also leapt to first place in the triple jump with a 43-10 finish.
Heinz is expected to attempt 7-feet or more in the high jump during the outdoor season. He cleared the mark last year to set a new school record at the Hinsdale Central Relays.
Harrison Gay also contributed to OPRF's dominance by winning the 55 high hurdles at the indoor conference meet. Gay finished first in eight seconds flat.
"We have great depth, so hopefully we build off this for the outdoor season," said OPRF head coach Tim Hasso. "Everyone knows that winning the indoor conference title means it's only the beginning. There's a lot more things up ahead for this team."
OPRF kicks off the outdoor season by hosting Morton and Fenwick at Concordia on April 3 (4:30 p.m.). The Huskies will host the sectional at Concordia on May 17.