The Riverside-Brookfield cross-country teams turned in solid team performances at the Roy Gummerson Invitational hosted by Oak Park at Schiller Woods on Saturday.
Clare Bollnow led the girls team with a time of 19:51.5 on the three-mile course, good for the 21st spot. Sarah Melone checked in at 20:20.1 (34th) and Dee Dee Keen clocked a 20:25.0 (39th).
“We’re having a great season so far,” RB coach Kristi Sterling said about the Bulldogs, who won their 53rd annual invite earlier this month. “With only two seniors on varsity, we have a very young team but it’s a talented group that’s improving each weekend.”
The top runner on the boys side for RB was Kevin Faje, who ran the course in 16:48. Jeremy Vasquez finished in 17:11.4 and Spencer Purcell 17:21.4 for the Bulldogs.
But it was the hosts that dominated both events. The Oak Park girls and boys finished in first and second place, respectively.
The Huskies’ depth in the girls race triggered a top team finish as four runners placed among the first 12 finishers. Erin Schrobilgen ran the three-mile course in 18:31.2 to finish third overall. Katherine Powers (19:02.6/6th place), and a pair of promising freshmen in Haley Thompson (19:13.6/8th) and Ainsley Tran (19:28.5/12) rounded out the Huskies’ impressive group of front pack runners.
“Erin kicked down two strong runners at the end [to take third place],” said Oak Park coach Tom Torrant. “Haley and Ainsley are coming along well, and I thought [JV runner] Rebecca Streit performed well. We are a young team that is improving and we placed on two levels [varsity, junior varsity races at Gummerson].”
Oak Park won the team title with 55 points, followed by Hoffman Estates (65), New Trier (67), Warren (137) and Fenwick (147).
Fenwick sophomore Olivia Ryan won the girls race with a time of 17:47.0, taking the course at a 5:56 per mile clip. Teammate Becky Steinmeyer also ran well for a 13th place showing when she crossed the finish line at 19:31.4.
“I think given the windy conditions and the change in weather, we performed pretty well,” Fenwick coach Mickey Collins said. “Olivia ran exactly how we told her to race. We told her to find [New Trier runner] Jessica Ackerman and hang on as long as possible. It worked to Jessica’s advantage as she was able to make her move with less than 400 meters to go, just holding off Jessica for the win.”
Collins also credited Friars’ Janeen Latz, Meghan Cahill and Ciara Hopkinson, who worked well to push each other during the race.
“The rest of our pack is still building up and developing very well,” Collins added. “We should be able to work well together and move up during future races.”
Prospect won the team title for the boys with 84 points, followed by Oak Park (44), Warren (99), Morton (104) and Buffalo Grove (109). Fenwick took seventh place, scoring a 218 and RB finished right behind the Friars at 230. The Friars’ Pat Yerkes posted a 15:57.7, good for fifth place, while teammate Ed Egan came in 22nd with a time of 16:39.4.
Quentin Shaffer of Prospect won the boys individual title with a time of 15:11.4, followed by runner-up Martin Martinez of Warren (15:31.5) and Steven Salvano of Buffalo Grove (15:36.4).