Athletics Roster

2018 Boys Track & Field Roster

Name Year
John Atzeff 2021
Stephen Bail 2021
William Bazell 2021
John Bender 2019
John (Jack) Brush 2018
Joseph Buccelli 2018
James Burckardt2018
Thomas Burden 2019
Ethan Canastra 2021
Garrett Carden 2019
Henry Carrabine 2020
Finnian Casey2021
Ryan Cekay2019
Eshan Chandwani 2019
Thomas Cutting 2019
Matthew DiValerio 2018
Landon Edwards 2018
Jad El-Halabi2021
Peter Elliott2021
Dennis Eveleigh2019
Elijah Fietsam 2019
John Fitzgerald2021
Daniel Flusser2021
Bennet Flynn 2019
Jack Galvin 2018
William Gherlein2021
Jacob Goebel 2019
Nicholas Guevara 2021
Ethan Haller2021
Tyler Hanson 2020
Casey Hippel 2021
John Hopkins 2018
Wyatt Horvat2021
Grant Huebner2021
Dominick Keating 2019
Jerome Kelly 2021
Ryan Klein 2020
Thomas (Alex) Klein 2018
William (Brooks) Kreiling 2018
Eric Krieg 2018
Niicholas Kwiatt2019
Ethan Lane 2020
Joshua Lane 2020
Jackson Lepkowski2021
Kyle Levin 2018
Andrew Lewis 2019
James Lu 2020
Parker Manelis 2020
Brendan Manfred 2018
Richard Mannarino 2019
Ryan Marquis2018
Michael McDonough2018
Daniel McKiernan 2020
Race Medema 2021
Kyle Mendelson 2019
Luke Mulligan 2019
Alexander Mutter 2020
Kean OConnor 2019
Michael Park 2019
Michael Pasquella2019
William Pattie 2020
Ryan Peters2020
James Phalen 2020
Jonathan Phalen 2019
William Preschlack 2018
Maxwell Quinton 2020
Ryan Ransom 2019
Samuel Rappin2020
Louis Rauch2021
Lucas Redding 2020
Henry Ridgway2020
Robert Rinaolo2021
Rafael Riva2018
Benjamin Roemer 2018
Durban Rohrbach 2018
Benjamin Rosa 2020
Emmet Rubin 2019
William Sanford 2018
Elliott Sarno 2019
Nathan Schmitt 2020
Tyjaun Scott 2019
Grant Stickler 2019
Cameron Stockton2019
Benjamin Streightiff 2018
James Swartout 2019
Matthew Thelen 2018
James (Tyler) Trachsel 2019
Marcus Ulrich 2019
Carson Ward 2020
Clayton Wilbur 2018
Kyle Wilson 2019
Geoffrey Winsor2019
Andrew Xakellis 2019
Adrian Ye2021
William Yuen2021
Tyler Zaffaro 2020
Benjamin Zelken 2020

Head Boys Track & Field Coach - John Brumund-Smith
Assistant Coach - Jacob Buddell
Assistant Coach - Lester Long
Assistant Coach - Alex Mueller
Assistant Coach - Corey Holmer

Superintendent: Michael Simeck
Principal: Dr. Chala Holland
Athletic Director: Tim Burkhalter

Nickname: Scouts
Team Colors: Royal Blue & Gold
Enrollment: 1672

Team News

Team News


Traditionally, the weather for the six years the Scouts have been attending the Spartan Relays has been in the 50s, breezy and overcast. The 2018 version appeared to break that trend, with the sun poking out through the clouds enough to make the day seem quite pleasant. A few hours later, the sun was gone, the wind picked up, and a little drizzle sprinkled the runners as they made their way around Glenbrook North's black oval. Fighting through the conditions, the Scouts placed seventh among the 11 competing teams despite not fielding full squads in seven of the meet's 17 events.

The Scouts continued their jumping success with top-five finishes in both horizontal jumping relays. The Long Jump Relay was led by Landon Edwards, who was competing in the first Long Jump competition of his life. He finished third overall with a leap of 19'8". Marcus Ulrich (18'10.5"), Ryan Marquis (18'1") and Wyatt Horvat (18'0") combined to help the relay finish second overall, just five inches off the win. Durban Rohrbach (36'10.25"), Jad El Halabi (36'3.25"), Kyle Mendelson (36'1") and Will Pattie (35'5") combined for fifth in the Triple Jump Relay.

On the track, the Scouts picked up two impressive runner-up finishes. First up was the Distance Medley Relay, where sophomore Ben Rosa got the Scouts in second place on the opening 1200m leg. Fellow sophomore Lucas Redding fought to keep them in second on the 400m leg as he handed off to senior Eric Krieg on the 800m portion of the race. Krieg reeled in the athlete from Deerfield to give anchor Nathan Schmitt the baton tied for the win on the final leg. Schmitt ran strong, splitting a 4:37 in his 1600m leg in the wind and cold, but was outmatched by Deerfield's Matt Gold. Still, the runner-up finish was the first time a Lake Forest team has finished in the top three in a distance relay in their seven years at the Spartan Relays.

Even without top sprinter Tyler Trachsel, who aggravated a tendon issue on Wednesday, the Scouts were still competitive in the sprint relays. In shivering cold and sweeping rain, the foursome of Ryan Cekay, Jonathan Phalen, Sean Trkla and Edwards sprinted to a runner-up finish in the 4x200m Relay. Phalen (200m) and Trkla (200m) also combined with Kean O'Connor (400m) and Kyle Levin (800m) to finish a surprising fourth in the 1600m Sprint Medley Relay. Placing fifth were the 4x100m Relay of Dominick Keating, Grant Stickler, Phalen and Edwards; and the 800m Sprint Medley Relay of Keating, Cekay, Jack Brush and Stickler.

The Scouts now enter the championship portion of their season, with the increasingly important Lake County Championships, North Suburban Conference Championships, IHSA Sectional Championships and IHSA State Championships coming up in the next four weeks.

The Lake Forest Boys Track & Field team hosted Zion-Benton for Senior Night on Monday, April 23rd. The Senior Night festivities took place in the fieldhouse after the Scouts defeated the Zee Bees on both the Varsity and Frosh/Soph levels.

Junior Tyler Trachsel finally got to compete in his premier events, and came away with big wins and personal best times in both the 100m Dash (10.9) and 200m Dash (22.4). Another double winner was senior Landon Edwards, who won the Triple Jump in 41'2" and set a lifetime best in the High Jump with a clearance of 6'5". Senior Night was very kind to all the Scout high jumpers, with seniors Jack Brush (5'10"), Durban Rohrbach (5'6"), Jack Page (5'6") and Ryan Marquis (5'4") all clearing their lifetime bests.

The other vertical event also saw some lifetime clearances. Junior Bennet Flynn launched himself over 12'2" in the Pole Vault, besting by one inch the mark he set last year at Sectionals to establish Lake Forest's Frosh/Soph school record. Senior Chris Svigos (8'0") and freshman Daniel Flusser (7'6") also leaped to lifetime bests. Junior Elliott Sarno led a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the Long Jump with a leap of 18'6.25". He was followed by teammates Rohrbach (17'4.25"), Marquis (17'5") and Page (17'1.25").In the throws, senior Clayton Wilbur (39'7") placed second in the Shot Put behind an amazing 57'0" toss from Zion's Jamir Gibson.

Over at the distance events, the Scouts got individual wins from the sophomore duo of Ben Rosa and Nathan Schmitt. Rosa defeated Zion's Collin Luell, a 2017 State qualifier in Cross Country, in the 800m Run with a personal best of 2:03.3. Schmitt scored a ten-second victory in the 1600m Run with a solo effort in 4:44.0. Junior Garrett Carden led the Scouts in the 3200m Run with a runner-up finish in a time of 11:41.4.

Sophomore Alex Mutter scored wins on the Frosh/Soph level in the 800m Run (2:22.8) and 1600m Run (5:22.7). Flusser was another double winner, taking the Pole Vault (7'6"), 200m Dash (24.9).

The Scouts have one more home meet, on Monday, May 7, against Mundelein and Libertyville.

Normally the Lake Forest Invitational serves as the fourth or fifth outdoor meet for the Scouts. But several cancellations due to the historically poor weather meant the boys hosted their home invite just two days after their first outdoor competition. Despite the unusual circumstances, the Scouts came away in second place on the Varsity level and fifth place on the Frosh/Soph level out of nine teams.

On the varsity level, Lake Forest earned wins in three events. In the field events, senior Landon Edwards (6'0") defeated junior teammate Ryan Ransom (5'10") for the High Jump title, while junior Bennet Flynn dominated the Pole Vault with a clearance of 11'6". On the track, sophomore Nathan Schmitt dominated the 3200m Run by 17 seconds with a personal best 9:46.87. Runner-up finishes were earned by Edwards in the 200m Dash (23.24), junior Tyler Trachsel in the 400m Dash (52.04), sophomore Ben Rosa in the Mile Run (4:32.33), junior Tyjaun Scott in both the Long Jump (18'4") and Triple Jump (40'0.5"), and the 4x100m Relay of Scott, Jonathan Phalen, Trachsel and Edwards (44.45).

The Freshmen/Sophomore competition got off to a great start with a runner-up finish in the 4x800m Relay by the foursome of Joshua Lane, Ethan Lane, Henry Ridgway and Sam Rapppin. They battled back and forth with Plainfield South before the Panthers finally mustered one last kick for the win, 9:07.72-9:08.48. Next up was another runner-up finish with the foursome of Daniel Flusser, Wyatt Horvat, Maxwell Quinton and Grant Huebner racing to a 46.63 in the 4x100m Relay.

Horvat earned the only victory on the Frosh/Soph level with his 19'8.5" leap in the Long Jump. Sophomore Lucas Redding found himself coming up just short of victory in both hurdle races, losing by 0.14 seconds in both races with times of 17.61 and 44.74.

Overall, the Scouts competed very well in their home invite, and are excited to get the rest of the season underway.

After three weeks of waiting and four canceled meets, the Lake Forest Boys Track & Field team finally had their first outdoor competition on Thursday, April 19, against Waukegan and Warren. The meet was buoyed by the tremendous news that the conference duals this year will not count towards a portion of the conference championship. At the end of the meet, the Scouts had run to dominating victories over Waukegan (106-32) and Warren (94-51), winning 13 of the 18 events against both teams.

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Bulldog Relays

Batavia High School's fantastic 200m indoor facility served as the site for Lake Forest's last indoor meet of the 2018 season, the Bulldog Relays. The unique meet featured five relays, an opening ceremony, and music during the races.

Team entrance for Bulldog Relays.

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Twenty-one athletes from the Lake Forest Track & Field team traveled to the Nelson-Daniels Classic hosted at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, March 17th. The Scouts finished fourth of the 21 competing teams, quite an accomplishment considering they were without top athletes such as Tyler Trachsel, Tyjaun Scott, Bennet Flynn, Elijah Fietsam, Jack Galvin, Rafi Riva, Sean Trkla and Ryan Cekay. Overall, the results were very encouraging headed into the final week before Spring Break.

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On Saturday, March 10, the Lake Forest Boys Track & Field team split up their squads at two different invitationals in the same town. A dozen Scouts participated at the @PNTRACK Invitational at Plainfield North, while the rest of the team competed at the Plainfield South Invitational. Both squads finished very well, with the Plainfield North crew taking 6th of 16 teams and the Plainfield South crew taking 5th of 13 teams.

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Friday, 2/23/18
Antioch Indoor Invitational @ UW-Parkside

For the sixth year in a row, the Lake Forest High School Track & Field team started their season at the Antioch Indoor Invitational hosted at UW-Parkside. Despite some hiccups, the Scouts came away with a fifth-place finish among the 16 teams.

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Begin 2018 news

Scouts' Boys Track & Field qualify two relays for State Championships

The IHSA Track & Field Sectionals are always full of uncertainty, with the biggest question on almost everybody's mind is who will qualify for the State Championships. The 2017 Lake Forest Scouts came into Sectionals without a clear answer to that question, having nobody on the team who had yet to reach a State-auto standard in any event during the regular season. But given the recent success in dropping times the Scout teams of the past had achieved, this year's crop of athletes went into Sectionals uncertain but hopeful.

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Performances were plenty but points were scarce for Lake Forest at the 2017 North Suburban Conference Championships. Still, the Scouts were able to score 10 points more than their projected total on the varsity level, and came away with a fourth-place team finish and four victories on the Frosh/Soph level.

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Boys Track & Field Place Sixth at Spartan Relays


For the fifth year in a row, the Lake Forest Track & Field team participated in the Glenbrook North Spartan Relays. The Scouts were able to score in eight of the 16 events to place sixth overall among the 11 teams, as many athletes set lifetime bests.

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The eight teams that gathered at East Campus for the 53rd annual Lake Forest Invitational on Saturday, April 22nd, were greeted by 50° temps, sunny skies and just a slight breeze, a great improvement over the projected weather from earlier in the week. The Scouts were also fortunate to host CICS Chicago Quest as they participated in their first track meet in their school's history. At the end of the meet, the Scouts came away as the runner-up in the varsity division and sixth on the Frosh/Soph level.

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The Scouts first trip to the Vernon Hills Cougar Relays in 2016 brought seven event titles, four stadium records and two school records, but a runner-up finish to the host Cougars. The graduation of eight State qualifiers in the class of 2016 meant the Scouts would almost certainly experience a rebuilding year, but instead Lake Forest has reloaded. In their first outdoor invite of 2017, Lake Forest earned the team championship at the Cougar Relays on the strength of eight event champions and 24 scorers.

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Boys Track & Field Place Fifth at Nelson-Daniels Classic

First-time competitors at the Nelson-Daniels Classic on Saturday, March 18, were awed by the amazing facility at UW-Whitewater as well as the inspired performances of the Lake Forest Scouts. Many personal-best performances helped the Scouts finish just two points out of fourth place at the 21-team invitational.

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Varsity & JV Boys Track Teams Place Fourth at Plainfield South Invite

Saturday's Plainfield South Invitational offered every eligible member of the Lake Forest Track & Field team to participate in an indoor meet. Despite having many top team members away for various reasons, the Scouts finished fourth of nine teams on both the Varsity and Frosh/Soph levels.

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Boys Track & Field Place Fifth at Season-Opening Invite

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Team News From Previous SeasonsSearch here



John Brumund-Smith, LFHS Head Boys Track and Field Coach

John Brumund-Smith, Head Boys Track

Coach Brumund-Smith has been Head Coach of Boys Track at LFHS since 2012. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Boys Track Coach at LFHS for two years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology Education from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2004, his Health Education Certification from the University of Wisconsin Stout in 2005, and his Language Arts Certification from McKendree University in 2016. He completed his USATF Level l Certification in 2005 and his USATF Level II Certification for Sprints/Hurdles/Relays in 2014. John writes coaching blogs for and

Previous coaching experience includes: Assistant Cross Country Coach at Eau Claire North (2002), Eau Claire Memorial (2003-04), Antioch (2006-08); Assistant Track Coach for sprints/hurdles/relays/jumps at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (2004-05); Head Boys' Track Coach at Antioch (2006-09). John has also coached six seasons of Swimming & Diving at Lake Forest High School."

Coach Brumund-Smith teaches Health Education and Physical Education at North Chicago High School.

Jacob Buddell, LFHS Assistant Boys Track and Field Coach
Jacob Buddell, Assistant Boys Track & Field

Coach Buddell has been the boys distance coach at Lake Forest High School since 2015. However, Jacob has been coaching at LFHS since 2011. He spent the past fours springs as a distance coach for the girls Track & Field team, and the past four falls as an assistant coach of the boys Cross Country team. He received his bachelor’s degree from Knox College and his USATF Level I Certification in 2011.

Jacob is currently working as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Special Education department at Lake Forest High School.

Lester Long, LFHS Assistant Boys Track and Field Coach

Lester Long, Assistant Boys Track & Field

Coach Long has been coaching Track & Field since 1985. In addition, he has been coaching Sophomore Girls Basketball since 1999. He has also coached Freshmen Boys Basketball for 4 years, Varsity Boys Basketball for 8 years, Freshmen Girls' Basketball for 14 years, Freshman Boys Soccer for 24 years.

Lester received his Bachelor's degree from McKendree College in Lebanon, IL.

Alex Mueller, LFHS Assistant Boys Track and Field CoachAlex Mueller, Assistant Boys Track & Field

Coach Mueller has been an Assistant Boys Track & Field Coach at LFHS since 2015. Alex has a BS degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee where he threw shot put, discus, javelin, hammer and weight throw. He also holds his certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, is certified through USA Track and Field as a Level 1 Coach, and is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.

Alex currently works as a Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fitness Together in Winnetka and Lake Forest. Alex has also participated in and completed the Wisconsin Ironman as well as multiple marathons.

Corey Holmer, LFHS Assistant Boys Track and Field Coach

Corey Holmer, Assistant Boys Track & Field

Coach Holmer has been the Assistant Boys Track & Field Coach for High Jump since 2016. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Level Math and Science Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Boise State University.

Prior to coaching at LFHS, he coached basketball, volleyball, and cross country. Outside of the school, he has done Crossfit for the past 3 years and has completed several half-marathons: the Racine Half-Ironman, the Ragnar Relay, and other triathlons.

Coach Holmer works in the LFHS library as an Educational Technologist.

Kyle Metzel, Varsity Assistant Boys Track & Field Coach

Kyle Metzel, Assistant Boys Track & Field

2018 marks Coach Metzel's first year as Assistant Boys Track & Field Coach for Pole Vault at Lake Forest High School .



Boys Track & Field Awards - Spring, 2017

2018 John (Jack) Brush
2018 James Buckardt
2017 Adrian Dinter
2018 Landon Edwards
2019 Elijah Fietsam
2019 Bennet Flynn
*2017 Eric Fu

2018 Jack Galvin
2017 Blake Hinch
2017 William Jacob
2017 Tyler Kimbrel
2017 Michael Kingsley
2017 Robert Knip
2018 Eric Krieg
2018 Kyle Levin
*2017 Casey Mogilevsky

2017 Keaton Murphy
*2017 Etienne Najman
*2017 Spencer Oakley

2019 Jonathan Phalen
*2017 Liam Pooler

2019 Ryan Ransom
2020 Lucas Redding
2020 Benjamin Rosa
2020 Nathan Schmitt
2019 Tyjaun Scott
2019 Grant Stickler
*2017 Brian Sullivan

2019 James (Tyler) Trachsel
2018 Clayton Wilbur
2017 Raymond (Alan) Zanarini
*4th year participation

Landon Edwards
Etienne Najman
Liam Pooler
Brian Sullivan

Landon Edwards

Tyler Trachsel

Colin Knipe

James Buckard
Landon Edwards
Eric Fu
Blake Hinc
William Jacob
Michael Kingsley
Eric Krie
Kyle Levin
Casey Mogilevsky
Etienne Najman
Raymond (Alan) Zanarini

Cougar Relay Champions

W:1 L:6

4X100m Relay
– Landon Edwards, Liam Pooler,
Brian Sullivan, Tyler Trachsel

4x200m Relay - Landon Edwards, Liam Pooler,
Brian Sullivan, Tyler Trachsel

2017 Brady Africk
2018 Liam Andersen
2018 Marc Antonucci
2017 Thomas Block
2018 Joseph Buccelli
2018 Peter Carney
2018 Matthew DiValerio
2018 Kevin Graham
2018 John Hopkins
2018 Thomas (Alex) Klein
2018 Brendan Manfred
2018 Ryan Marquis
2018 Michael McDonough
2017 Mitchell McMahon
2017 Edward Mordini
*2017 William Murphy
2018 William Preschlack
2018 Benjamin Roemer
2018 Durban Rohrbach
2018 William Sanford
2018 Chris Svigos
2018 Matthew Thelen
*4th year participation

2019 John Bender
2019 Thomas Burden
2019 Michael Burdiak
2019 Garrett Carden
2020 Henry Carrabine
2019 Eshan Chandwani
2020 Michael Daniels
2019 Samuel Davis
2019 Jacob Goebel
2020 Jacob Grommon
2020 Tyler Hansen
2019 Dominick Keating
2019 William Kent
2020 Ryan Klein
2020 Ethan Lane
2020 Joshua Lane
2019 Andrew Lewis
2020 Parker Manelis
2020 Daniel McKiernan
2019 Kyle Mendelson
2019 Gavin Meyer
2019 Luke Mulligan
2020 Alexander Mutter
2019 Michael Park
2020 William Pattie
2020 James Phalen
2019 Ethan Pomerich
2019 Fernando Quintero
2019 Emmet Rubin
2019 Elliott Sarno
2019 Marcus Ulrich
2020 Carson Ward
2019 Kyle Wilson
2019 Andrew Xakellis
2020 Tyler Zaffaro

Running MVP - Gavin Hoch
Field MVP - Stephen Mathew
Most Improved - Chris Meng

Co-MVP - Gavin Hoch
Co-MVP - Matthew Mekaelian
Most Improved - Matthew Mick

Running MVP - Robert Schyns
Field MVP - Connor Adams
Most Improved - Jack Blumeyer

MVP - Nick Giordano
Newcomer - Scott Powell
Most Improved - Erik Swisher

Running MVP - Billy Bund
Field MVP - Chris Stolzman
Most Improved - Cameron Douglass & Robert Schyns