CPS Runners Get Go-Ahead To Compete In State Finals

Steve Miller
November 07, 2019 - 6:33 pm

Sydney Partyka (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cross-country runners from the Chicago Public Schools have the go-ahead to compete in this weekend's state finals.

It's the Illinois High School Association that wants to bar CPS cross-country athletes from competing at state because they didn't compete at regionals.

They couldn't compete at regionals because of the recent teachers’ strike. The state appellate court says judges will rule on the IHSA court filing, but not until next week, after the state meet. 

This effectively gives athletes like 18-year-old Sydney Partyka from Taft High School permission to compete.

"It just makes me happy to think that, after all this, I'll finally be able to race," she tells WBBM Newsradio.

The IHSA said in response: "We remain respectful to the courts and will continue to follow the timeline they set forth. We are excited that the spotlight can now return where it belongs, on the student-athletes."