The records continue to fall for Lake Center Christian track and field. Even with star field event specialist Jenae Linville out sick, the Tigers managed one of their strongest outings of the season in a meet with United Local and Malvern, placing second on the girls' side of the meet strength of several school records and a collection of other strong performances and turning in a good day on the boys' side of the meet as well.
Senior Karli Kadlecek led the way with a school-record effort in the 800 meters, turning in a time of 2:30 to establish a low mark in the program’s history.
"Karli has run really well lately in the 800," first-year coach Wayne Schultz said.
The Tigers received another strong distance outing from sophomore Abigail Miller, who placed second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:42 to add three valuable points to the LCCS team total. Without their usual standout effort from Linville in the shot put and discus, LCCS needed other comptetiros to step up at the meet and sophomore Sydney Schultz filled that need with her second consecutive victory in the 300 hurdles. Schultz, who also placed first in the Tigers' previous meet against Our Lady of the Elms, notched a time of 51.8 against Malvern and United to take first.
"Sydney has come a long way and she's starting to place in the top two or three in most every meet," Wayne Schultz said. "Along with first in this meet, she's had a few other firsts too.”
Adi Fulmer also showed progress at the meet, running a 29.0 in the 200 meters and running well in the 4x200 relay.
For the boys team, the tri-meet was all about the relays. Both the 4x200 and 4x400 teams turned in winning efforts, with the 4x200 team coming together quickly after being assembled as a group a little over one week ago.
The quartet of Joey Zavarelli, Denver Coblentz, Trevor Rainieri and Aaron Schultz are still learning to function as a unit, but ran a time of 1:39 against Malvern and United. Their coach attributes part of their success to Coblentz. Rainieri and Schultz running together on the record-setting 4x400 relay team.
"Definitely, that's part of it," Wayne Schultz observed. "They're very disciplined, hard workers and they have a great work ethic when they train. I think true credit goes to them and the amount of time they spend training and working on handoffs. They're a very close knit group when they run. They really push each other a lot."
That unity showed off against Malvern and United, as the 4x400 relay team of Cobletnz, Rainieri, Schultz and Wade Kyser broke their school record once again, running a 3:39. All four members of the team have been consistently running times in the 54-second range. If they are able to replicate or even improve their time at the Div. III district meet at Creston, they could not only place but have a legitimate chance to win the meet.
Page 2 of 2 - "That's what they're preparing for. They're actually training pretty hard each meet," Wayne Schultz explained. "At the Clipper Invitational (at Columbiana on Saturday), Aaron and Trevor had to run preliminaries for the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay and Denver had to run the 800 that day too, so they really got a good endurance workout in."
Aaron Schultz has found consistent success in both the 200 and 400 meters in his freshman season, with 400-meter times around 54 seconds in most of his races.
As his first season at the helm for LCCS track winds down, Wayne Schultz is excited about the progress his team has made and believes they have a chance to achieve considerable success at the district meet.
"As a first-year head coach, I'm really excited about all of the kids, how much they have poured into their season this year," he said. "I could talk a long time about so many of them and how much progress they have made. It's really overwhelming to see dedication from these kids and I know a lot of the parents are very pleased with the progress as well.
Linville was out sick for the meet against United and Malvern, but did travel to Austintown on May 5 to compete on her own at the Optimist Meet, placing third in the shot put with a throw of 37’11”, and fourth in the discus with a throw of 126’3”. As the only LCCS competitor at the meet, she still scored 11 points to put the Tigers 21st of 32 teams at the meet.