Scouts Track & Field Gearing Up for 2020 Season

Jay DeCoster, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again – the Monday after the Super Bowl. LFHS Track athletes are getting prepared for another Track season. Coach John Brumund-Smith and company look to improve upon a nice season in 2019.

24 new athletes are joining Brumund-Smith’s squad this year, so the youth for Scouts Track should be something to look out for.

However, returning is one of the premier LFHS athletes of 2019,  senior distance runner Ben Rosa. 

Rosa, who is committed to Harvard University, looks to improve his impressive times at the IHSA State Championship this May. He ran the fastest 800m run in school history last summer and is hoping to break more school records this spring. 

Beyond Rosa, many senior athletes on this team are determined to accomplish their career goals.

“It’s exciting to be a member of a team with a great group of guys. I’m hoping to improve my vertical and speed as I close out my four years here at LFHS,” senior Charlie Davis said.

Senior leadership is easy to see, but a mix of new and old is a prevalent theme for this team. “We have a lot of hungry athletes who are looking to have breakout seasons. In addition, we have a bunch of newcomers who are already looking impressive,” said coach John Brumund-Smith.

Athletes returning to the squad with breakout seasons on their radars stretch beyond the track. Senior Tyler Zaffaro broke the Behind-Head Shot record with a (52’3”) this year. 

“To be honest, I was really surprised because I didn’t think I would get anywhere near that, 30 feet was my range,” senior Tyler Zaffaro said. “It shocked everyone – myself included.”

In addition, junior Ethan Canastra had an impressive 34.9” vertical & standing long jump of (9’7”). 

Of course, the throwers can’t go without a mention. Senior Charlie Aberle, who is committed to playing football at Lehigh University, is returning to the throwing group as a key contributor due to Rylie Mills graduating early to pursue his football career at Notre Dame. 

Other athletes to watch are senior Chris Kondiles, sophomore Graham Conley, and many more. 

Sophomore Jahari Scott, who is currently in the basketball season, is looking to add more production to an already impressive sprinting group once he returns. 

“Jahari being on the basketball team is great training for him because basketball players almost always make great sprinters. He is a very competitive kid and we expect him to be a leader this year,” said Coach Brumund-Smith. 

The Scouts’ first meet will take place on February 21st, at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. You can check here for the complete schedule.