Klumpp brings laughs, but also gets serious

 

flyon@MiamiHerald.com

In between exhausting workouts, North Broward Prep cross-country runner Jack Klumpp starts channeling his inner Larry David and Eddie Izzard.

Klumpp’s impersonation of his favorite comics serves as the ideal pick-me-up for teammates gutting out 12-mile practice runs.

“I like to maintain discipline on the team, but I’m not afraid to cut loose,” Klumpp said. “If I see my teammates are not having fun, I might say a few things to get them going. In running, school and life, there is always time to be serious. As an individual you have to know when to turn it on and off.”

Klumpp’s intriguing ability to switch from free-spirited team comic to serious, win-at-all-costs runner will unfold again Saturday in the flrunners.com Invitational boys’ unseeded race at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. With a high pain threshold as his calling card, Klumpp jumped on the radar last season with an All-Broward second team selection after dropping 49 seconds from his freshman campaign.

But after an inauspicious start to his junior season, Klumpp got his state campaign back on track Monday with a personal-best 16:42 to finish second in the Spanish River Invitational Class 2A race.

“I anticipate being a leader and winning the flrunners.com race,” Klumpp said. “I’ll be disappointed if I don’t do it. Nothing stops me from pushing through that pain. A minute or five minutes of pain, it’s worth the glory of winning races. Any time, any distance it is worth it.”

North Broward Prep coach Patty Palermo said the notoriously fast course at flrunners.com offers a crucial test for Klumpp, who projects to follow Tim Hendricks and Nicholas Palermo as the next Eagles state contender and eventually challenge Palermo’s school record (15:44).

No matter what stand-up routine Klumpp has planned for the bus ride to Titusville, Palermo expects Klumpp to have his game face on at the starting line on Saturday morning.

“Jack likes to joke around, but he knows when to focus,” Patty Palermo said. “He is a hard-working kid that just got better and better last season. He has high expectations for himself. One of the keys is Jack is not afraid to hurt. He doesn’t shut it down when he starts hurting. He steps it up.”

BASKETBALL

Archbishop McCarthy girls’ basketball player Khayla Livingston orally committed to Cleveland State on Monday.

Coveted for her floor vision and ability to get to the basket, Livingston averaged a career-high 14 points, six rebounds and six assists to steer the Mavericks to a school-best 27-1 record as a junior.

“Once I talked to the Cleveland State head coach, I knew where I wanted to be,” Livingston said. “She wants me to be ready to play my freshman year, be a leader and control the team. This is a big relief. Now I can focus on my senior year and not worry about which college to pick.”

Livingston, a throwback pure point guard, chose Cleveland State over Massachusetts and High Point (N.C.).

FABIAN LYON

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Pembroke Pines Charter at Pompano Beach, 7

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Archbishop Curley at Somerset Academy, 4

Fort Lauderdale at Blanche Ely, 4:30

Monarch at Coconut Creek, 4:30

Monarch at Cooper City, 4:30

South Plantation at Coral Glades, 4:30

Douglas at Coral Springs, 6

Taravella at Deerfield Beach, 6

Hallandale at American Heritage, 4:30

Boyd Anderson at Northeast, 4:30

Stranahan at Pembroke Pines Charter, 4:30

South Broward at Plantation, 4:30

Dillard at Pompano Beach, 4:30

Hollywood Hills at West Broward, 4:30

Everglades at Western, 4:30

SWIMMING

Cypress Bay, St. Thomas vs. Card. Gibbons (HOF Pool), 6

Western, S. Plantation at Cooper City, 4:30

Monarch, Coral Springs vs. Coral Glades (Coral Spr. Aquatic), 4:30

Nova, Hollywood Hills, Ely at Fort Lauderdale, 4:30

West Broward, Flanagan at McArthur, 4:30

Dillard, Pompano, Deerfield Beach at Northeast, 4:30

Douglas, Coconut Creek at Pines Charter, 7

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