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2014 Lake Zurich Track and Field Schedule

(Home Meets in Italics)

2/19/14 Tri @ Maine South
2/26/14 Tri @ Highland Park
3/8/14 Buffalo Grove Scarpino Invite
4/1/14 Dual @ Lakes
4/7/14 Tri @ Libertyville
4/16/14 Libertyville FS Invite
4/17/14 Elgin JV Invite
4/19/14 Warren Invite
4/21/14 Dual vs. North Chicago
4/21/14 Barrington FS Invite
4/25/14 Bear Invite
4/28/14 Tri vs. Warren, Mund
5/2/14 Glenbrook North Spartan Relays
5/5/14 Dual @ Zion Benton
5/6/14 Barrington Frosh Invite
5/9/14 Lake County Invite @ Deerfield
5/15/14 Varsity Conference @ Mundelein
5/16/14 FS Conference @ North Chicago
5/22/14 Sectionals @ TBA
5/29/14 State @ EIU

It was a sea of Blue at the 2012 Warren Dual. We won our 35th consecutive dual meet, dating back to 2007.

The 2012 Peoria Trip Avanti's Pic. Dressed to Impress...

Jumping for Joy with the 2012 Regional Championship. It was LZXC's 3rd Regional Title in 4 years.

It was a 5th consecutive conference title at both the Varsity and JV levels for the 2012 team.

2012 Paavo Pic

The crew of Alums defeated the youngsters 10-4 in the first annual Alumni Kickball Tournament.

A great day's work.

The giant Jon Smith head made its debut at the Schaumburg Sectional.

2012 - 4th in State. This senior-dominated team was truly 4 years in the making.


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2014 LZTF Preview - 2/12/19

The 2014 Track season is underway, and we are pursuing excellence each and every day. The Chicago winter of 2014 is giving new meaning to “finding a way”, and despite limited opportunities for running fast, we are making the most of our situation in pursuit of worthwhile goals.

Our goals this season remain the same as always: win the North Suburban Conference Championship, get as many athletes down to Charleston as possible, and earn as many state medals as possible. We had won 3 consecutive conference titles from 2010-2012, but Grant High School took over that honor last year en route to their 4th place finish in state. This year, Grant has a strong returning group, but the conference is really up in the air. Libertyville and Lakes had strong underlevels the past few years, and you can’t ever count out Zion Benton, Warren, or Stevenson. It could be an exciting year in the NSC, and I am looking forward to seeing which our unknown athletes step up in a big way.

Here is a preview of LZTF 2014:

Sprints: I went to a few football games this year, and I can tell you this: Ben Klett is fast. There was one play that Ben scored a 70 yard touchdown and I swear he gapped the defenders by a good 15 meters. Last year, Ben was a freshman so expectations were low. But after qualifying for state in the 100m, expectations are as high as they come. Ben has the potential to score big points in every meet on the schedule. After Ben, we have some spots to fill. Justin Wright was a varsity athlete in the relays last year, but he is the only returnee with Varsity experience. Look for some newcomers to step in to the critical sprint relays to fill the voids.

Field: We are pretty thin in the field, with only a few returning varsity athletes. We will undoubtedly need big years from our returnees if we are to achieve our team goals. Ben Klett will again use his speed along with improved technique to improve upon his 20’ PR in the long jump. Junior DJ Smith was discovered as a talented high jumper last year and hoped to improve upon his 5’10’’ mark. We are lucky to gain Coach Jeff Morello to the staff to work with the pole vaulters. Coach Morello is an accomplished coach already and regarded as one of the best pole vault coaches in the Chicago area. Junior Nick Mandal leads a handful of developing young pole vaulters that will undoubtedly benefit from Coach Morello’s presence. Senior Adam Griffith leads our jump crew, while discus specialist Mark Pacyga hoped to improve from the 120s to 140s in his senior campaign.

Hurdlers: Now is the time for our senior hurdlers Dan Abboud and Ryan Fitzgerald. Both Dan and Ryan were members of LZXC, and have high ambitions in their senior seasons. Dan’s specialty is the 300s while Ryan uses his big frame to dominate the 110s. If these two guys approach the state qualifying marks in their events, our team becomes very tough.

Mid-Distance: We have a lot of question marks in this group, but it appears that senior Anthony Baca will carry on our strong tradition. Anthony was our first alternate in the 4x8 each of the past 2 years, and now is his opportunity to be the lead dog. Anthony is unknown to the distance running community because he plays football in the fall, but don’t let that fool you; he has a great feel for longer races and he is very fit. Senior Brian Griffin and Junior Justin Shim made the jump to varsity competition in cross country, and both will frequent our mid-distance relays. The question marks lie on the health and status of some of our top returning talent: Gerrit Williams, Will Llanos, and Ian Murray. Gerrit has a bad taste in his mouth after a season-ending injury in cross country. He has had limited running this winter but has stayed fit as a member of the swim team. Will and Ian have the talent to be elite but.

Distance: Matt Pereira may only be a freshman, but when the race begins, he competes with experience beyond his years. I wouldn’t be surprised if our 3200m school record (9:18.x, Alex Milner) goes down for the 4th time in 6 years. A solid group of dedicated workers will look to fill the remaining positions, including seniors Austin Kuehr and Matt Reninger, junior Mark Spatz, and sophomore Matt Milner.




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