Both the Lake Forest Varsity and Junior Varsity teams outshined their competition last Saturday as they pulled off an impressive win at the Cougar Relays in Vernon Hills. The Scouts took home gold in both the JV and Varsity 4x100m relay and the 4x200m relay, the JV sprint medley, 100m, high jump, and triple jump. The JV 4x100m and 4x200m team consisted of Colin Knipe, Jonathan Phalen, Jack Brush, and Michael Kingsley, who collectively ran a 45.99 (100m) and 1:39.93 (200m).
The varsity team, consisting of Liam Pooler, Brian Sullivan, Tyler Trachsel, and Landon Edwards, ran an impressive 43.74 and 1:33.95 respectively. The JV sprint medley team (Jack Brush, Michael Kingsley, Jonathan Phalen, and Eric Krieg) ran a 200m-200m-400m-800m relay in 4:01.66, securing the final team victory for the Scouts.
As impressive as the Scouts’ team performances were, the personal achievements we just as impressive. Varsity captains Brian Sullivan and Liam Pooler took home first and second place finishes in the 100m dash, where Sullivan finished in 11.76 seconds and Pooler in 11.80 seconds. This was Sullivan’s first ever individual invitational title. Brian was named the Lake Forest Varsity Track Athlete of the Week after his remarkable meet. Pooler, who shocked many with his narrow second place finish, still managed to compete after a hamstring injury he developed 3 weeks ago. Pooler, it seems, is on his way to a full recovery. Lake Forest also out jumped the competition in the high and triple jump. Junior captain Landon Edwards won the high jump by clearing 6’0”, and also the triple jump by posting a jump of 43’9”. Sophomore Ryan Ransom cleared his personal best of 5’10” on the high jump, claiming second place in the event while being named the Lake Forest JV track Athlete of the Week.
Head track coach John Brumund-Smith was most impressed with how his athletes competed with heart on Saturday. “What impressed me most about the meet was how our top sprinters all ran four hard events.” Senior captains Brian Sullivan and Liam Pooler both competed in 4 events, while Landon Edwards won the 4x100m Relay, High Jump, Triple Jump and 4x200m Relay all within just over an hour of time. In addition, Brummond-Smith added that, “sophomore Tyler Trachsel ran the 4x100m Relay, 4x200m Relay, Sprint Medley Relay and then asked if I needed an extra leg for the 4x400m Relay.” The coach additionally noted how the distance runners have shown steady improvement by scoring 34 points at the Cougar Relays, a step up from the 22 scored last year.
Lake Forest is looking to use their momentum to propel them into the Lake Forest Invitational this coming Saturday. “We are hoping to compete well against some tough teams,” added coach Brumund-Smith. In attendance will be Zion-Benton High School, who the Scouts narrowly beat last year to take home the title. “Winning last year was great and it’s one of our team goals this year to successfully defend our title…Our boys will be ready to compete again.”
Other Notables: Jack Brush, Michael Kingsley and Casey Mogilevsky also competed in 4 events at the Cougar Relays