Girls cross country: Lyons, Hinsdale Central finish 1-2 in WSC Silver indoor meet

<p>OPRF's Mary Blankemeier and Hinsdale Central's Alexa Haff finished second and third, respectively, in the 3200 meter run. The WSC Silver Girls Track and Field Championships were held Friday afternoon at Proviso West High School. | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media  </p>

OPRF's Mary Blankemeier and Hinsdale Central's Alexa Haff finished second and third, respectively, in the 3200 meter run. The WSC Silver Girls Track and Field Championships were held Friday afternoon at Proviso West High School. | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media  

HILLSIDE — Entering the final race of the WSC Silver indoor meet, Lyons coach Greg Frandsen knew his squad was in first place. He just didn’t know by how much.

In the final event of the night, the 1,600-meter relay, the Lions were the No. 3 seed. It seemed certain they would leave Proviso West with their third-straight WSC Silver title.

But the foot of the relay’s first runner slipped off the starting block and Lyons’ 1,600 relay was disqualified. That bumped up Hinsdale Central’s points to at least four — three teams remained in the second heat — and Frandsen wasted little time finding out where his team stood. 

“I ran upstairs, just to check on the scores,” Frandsen said. “I knew Hinsdale was like seven or eight points behind us and I knew the three (other) teams that were running were pretty good. So I thought, ‘OK, if they go one, two, three, Hinsdale’s four and we’re still going to beat them by a couple of points. 

“That made me feel a little bit better, and I just wanted to go (check) because I knew those girls in the mile relay were all upset. I didn’t want them dwelling on it any longer than they had to.” 

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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