30 | April 25, 2019 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Scouts host invitational,

place second overall

Gary Larsen

Freelance Reporter

As Lake Forest’s top

100-meter sprinter, Tyler

Trachsel isn’t necessarily

built to run the final leg of

the 1,600-meter race for

the Scouts.

So when he took the baton

from teammate Elijah

Fietsam, in second place

behind Larkin’s anchor

leg runner Oliver Wah

by roughly five meters,

Trachsel had a decision to


“Normally you try to

stay with him and pass him

at the end, but I die at the

end,” Trachsel said. “So I

thought ‘I’m going to die


anyway so I might as well

try to get him now’. And

then the thing is to keep

your form together.”

Trachsel caught and

passed Wah around the

second turn and then held

him off in a close finish,

giving the Scouts their

third relay race win of the

day in Lake Forest’s nineteam,

55th Annual Track

& Field Invitational on

Saturday, April 20.

The Scouts placed second

behind Plainfield

South and coach John Brumund-Smith

was pleased.

“They all pretty much

rose to the occasion. I

don’t know how many


personal bests we had, but

it was a bunch,” Brumund-

Smith said. “Overall, I’m

real happy today.”

Trachsel, Fietsam, Kean

O’Connor, and Jonathan

Phalen won the 1,600-meter

relay in 3:30.29, inching

closer to the time

they’ll need to guarantee

themselves a state finals


“They’ve done amazing

and they keep getting better

every time out,” Brumund-Smith

said. “The

state auto (qualification

time) is 3:24 and we’re six

seconds away, so it’s doable.

Trachsel’s split today

was his best time ever.”




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Lake Forest’s Tyler Trachsel (right) narrowly beats a Larkin sprinter to the finish

of the 400-meter relay at Lake Forest High School on Saturday, April 20. Gary

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O’Connor and Phalen

also ran for the winning

400-meter and 800-meter

relay teams, with Trachsel,

Jahari Scott, and Ryan

Cekay filling out the other

spots on those relays.

O’Connor, a senior in

only his second season on

the track team, is enjoying

the ride.

“I quit baseball and

started track last year and

it was worth it,” O’Connor

said. “I talked to Brumund-Smith,

he saw that

I had some speed, and he

put me in a couple relays.

I love the team, love the

coach, and track is a great


The freshman Scott

ran the first legs of the

800 relay, and Phalen and

O’Connor set Cekay up

with a lead for the final leg

of the race.

“They’re the three fastest

guys on the team,”

Cekay said. “I kind of expect

to get the baton in first

place every time I run with


Cekay held off Plainfield

South’s Liam Wolfer

for the win. Trachsel also

managed to barely edge

Rockford East’s Isaiah

Rynders in the final leg of

the 400 relay.

Lake Forest also got

first-place finishes in the

high jump from Ryan

Ransom and in the pole

vault from Bennett Flynn.

Ransom jumped 6’1” and

Flynn cleared 12’6” in the


“(Flynn) has gone 12’6”

before but hasn’t had

much competition yet,”

Brumund-Smith said. “It

also hasn’t been great vault

weather but he’s doing

well. He’s got our froshsoph

record, too. He went

12’1” as a sophomore.”

The Scouts also got

second-place finishes

from Trachsel in the 100

(:11.39), Scott in the long

jump (19’9”) and junior

Rylie Mills in the discus


When told that Trachsel

wasn’t happy with his

run in the 100, Brumund-

Smith wasn’t surprised.

“He never is,” Brumund-

Smith said. “He could set a

world record and he’d be

ticked off.”

The 6’5” Mills is a junior

and a highly-recruited

football player in his first

year as a discus thrower

and shot-putter.

“He’s better at the discus

than he is at the shot

put. Normally the discus

takes a long time to learn

and if you’re a big, strong

kid you’ll get the shot right

away,” Brumund-Smith

said. “Somehow it’s been

the opposite with him.

He’s been an immediate

success in the discus. He’s

an awesome kid, too.”

Another fine addition to

this year’s Scouts has been

Scott, who has broken at

least one recent tradition at

Lake Forest.

“Since I’ve been coaching

here in 2010 we’ve

never had a freshman on

the 400 relay team for the

whole year,” Brumund-

Smith said. “He’s the first

one but he can handle it.

He’s the best football player

in his grade, one of the

top two or three basketball

players, and he’s just a really

good athlete and an incredible

kid. We’re happy

to have him.”

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