The boys of Bethel Lutheran School in Morton won the Lutheran Sports Association of Illinois boys grade school track meet held May 18-19, 2019 at Concordia University-Chicago in River Forest. The eight boys on the Flames squad scored 86 points across nine events to defend their 2018 title. The girls squad scored 19 points to finish tied for eighth place.
The boys scored points in all nine events they entered, with individual state titles going to eighth grader Ian McLauchlan in the triple jump and to eighth graders Alex Mihelic, Blake Shoemaker, Justin DeFrees, Ian McLauchlan and alternate Zach Alt in the 4x400m relay. Joining I. McLauchlan on the medal stand for the triple jump were sixth grader Grant Selke (third place) and seventh grader Andrew McLauchlan (fourth place).
In the 110m hurdles, Ian McLauchlan finished second and was joined by Andrew McLauchlan (fourth place) and eighth grader Eli Mulvey (fifth place). The 4x100m (Shoemaker, Selke, DeFrees, Mihelic and alternate A. McLauchlan), 4x200m (A. McLauchlan, Selke, DeFrees, Mihelic and alternate Shoemaker), and 4x800m (Alt, Selke, Shoemaker, DeFrees and alternate E. Mulvey) teams all finished second in hard-fought contests.
Rounding out the scoring for the Flames were Alt, finishing fifth in the 800m; Mihelic, finishing seventh in the 100m; and Ian McLauchlan, finishing second in the 400m.
“It was truly an amazing group effort, with every one of them scoring points for the team. In the process, they captured six school records, including all four relays contested. It was truly an honor to coach this talented, courageous, selfless and determined group of young men,” said head coach Heather McLauchlan.
On the girls’ side, eight athletes competed in six events. The first points of the weekend for the Flames were scored by seventh grader Sophie Krueger, who finished fourth in the triple jump. The 4x800m squad of eighth grader Maddie Behnke, fifth grader Ava Alt, fifth grader Jonae Wood, seventh grader Sophie Krueger, and sixth grader Evelyn Mulvey (alternate) also earned a fouth place finish on Saturday. Krueger also placed fifth in the 800m and fourth in the 1600m. Also competing for the girls over the weekend were seventh graders Danielle Baumann and Anna Roberts, and sixth grader Allayna Hart.