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.
Track and Field Boys (Varsity)
COACH: John Brumund-Smith, Head Boys Track & Field
Congratulations for our State Qualifiers in the 4x100m Relay and 4x200m Relay: Liam Pooler, Brian Sullivan, Tyler Trachsel, Landon Edwards.
Congrats on winning the 2017 Cougar Relays!
2017 Boys Track & Field Roster
|John (Jack) Brush||2018|
|Thomas (Alex) Klein||2018|
|James (Tyler) Trachsel||2019|
|Raymond (Alan) Zanarini||2017|
Head Boys Track & Field Coach - John Brumund-Smith
|Superintendent: Michael Simeck
Principal: Dr. Chala Holland
Athletic Director: Tim Burkhalter
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 Varsity 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 2 years . He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology Education from the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire in 2004 and his Health Education Certification from the University of Wisconsin--Stout in 2005.He completed his USATF Level l Certification in 2002 and his USATF Level II Certification for Sprints/Hurdles/Relays in 2014.
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).
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.
Dan Holton, Assistant Boys Track & Field
Coach Holton has been coaching Boys Track & Field at LFHS (pole vault) since 2008. Previous to that he coached for 1 year at Emory University.
Dan received his BBA from the University of New Mexico and his MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
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.
Boys Track & Field Awards - Spring, 2017
VARSITY TEAM MEMBERS
MOST VALUABLE ATHLET
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