Lightning  Running Club 

South Caroll's State Champion 4x400 relay team, including Lightning runners Allie Zolkiewicz, Summer Bingaman and Malayna Fowler, after winning the 2015 2A Indoor event.

Coach Steve with several Lightning distance stars - Charlotte Kowalk of Oakdale, Tasha Freed of Thomas Johnson, Maria Carberry of Urbana, Coach Steve, Kelly Winklbauer of Urbana and Emily Mulhern of Urbana.  Emily is the current 3A Maryland State record-holder in the Indoor 3,200 meter run (10:59.21), and the current Frederick County record-holder in the Indoor 1,600 meter run (5:03.83).  Charlotte is the current Frederick County record-holder in the Indoor 800 meter run (2:19.72)."

Charlotte and Evan Kowalk with their medals earned at 2010 AAU Nationals.  Both are current stars at Oakdale HS.

Meg Stuart, Emily Mulhern, Anna Duboyce, Kelly Winklbauer at 2009 USATF Nationals, waiting to run the 13/14 Girls 4x800 meter relay.  All four had stellar high school careers at Urbana HS and Oakdale HS.

Ben Freed winning the 17/18 Men Steeplechase at 2014 AAU Nationals (second heat on video).  Ben is now enrolled at and competes for M.I.T.

Chad Sussman in his first race with Lightning at age 8.

Chad Sussman, senior at Liberty HS, and Coach Steve, after Chad won 2014 2A West Region XC Meet.

And many Lightning athletes have earned college athletic scholarships in Track & Field and have continued to compete at that next level.


By joining Lightning, your kids gain valuable experience in their individual events and also in competing against top athletes, both of which carry over into high school, allowing them to contribute sooner to their team’s successes instead of having to learn from scratch from their high school coaches who can often be short of time for proper training guidance.

High school Track & Field is the second most popular sport among high school students, nationwide.  In Maryland, there are two seasons of the sport in each school year – Indoor Track during the Winter Season, and Track & Field (aka Outdoor Track) during the Spring Season.

All of the local counties in Maryland have competitive varsity teams for both boys and girls for Indoor and for Outdoor Track, and Lightning provides dozens of the athletes for these teams each year.

Over the past 10 years, hundreds of Lightning athletes have made their mark for their high school teams, including numerous County champions, State champions, and State medalists.  And the Lightning athletes are not just one dimensional, as they have succeeded in every event – all 13 events in Indoor and all 18 events in Outdoor.

This current school year is no exception, as Lightning athletes will have major impacts on their school team’s chances of winning Counties and States.  This includes twelve different high schools in four different counties.


Reasons to Consider High School Track for your Child