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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COACH: John Brumund-Smith, Head Boys Track & Field
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2018 Boys Track & Field Roster
|John (Jack) Brush||2018|
|Thomas (Alex) Klein||2018|
|William (Brooks) Kreiling||2018|
|James (Tyler) Trachsel||2019|
Head Boys Track & Field Coach - John Brumund-Smith
|Superintendent: Michael Simeck
Principal: Dr. Chala Holland
Athletic Director: Tim Burkhalter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antioch Indoor Invitational @ UW-Parkside
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 itccca.com and simplifaster.com.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
VARSITY TEAM MEMBERS
MOST VALUABLE ATHLETE
4x200m Relay - Landon Edwards, Liam Pooler,
JV TEAM MEMBERS
FR/SO TEAM MEMBERS
Running MVP - Gavin Hoch
Field MVP - Stephen Mathew
Most Improved - Chris Meng