Track looks to earn Ws
In recent years, Catasauqua head track and field coach Glenn Reightler has had his share of great individual performers. But his season, the veteran coach expects to continue the trend and also gain some team victories along the way.
"We do have some people back who had strong seasons for us," said Reightler. "But we also more depth than we have had in the past in both the boys' and girls' teams. We should be able to gains some more wins than usual this season.
"We're off to a nice start and we expect to get better."
Among those setting the pace for the Roughies is senior Anthony Brinkley, who recently captured the 800, 1,600, and 3,200-meter runs in a tri-meet with Pen Argyl and Southern Lehigh in which the Roughies beat Pen Argyl and lost to Southern Lehigh. Brinkley, who had an excellent cross-country season, ran the 800 in a time of 2:10.8, the 1,600 in 5:02, and the 3,200 in 10:53.
"He (Brinkley) has been having a good year," said Reightler. "He has been working on improving his times from the beginning of the season, and he appears to be right on track to make a trip to the state meet later this year.
"He is a very dedicated runner and has really worked on his overall approach."
Junior Ra'Von Burton also figures to have a good season in the 100 and 200. Burton took first in the 100 in the tri-meet in a time of 11.4 and was a split second behind teammate senior Eric Matz, who won the 200 in a time of 24.0.
The Roughies also appear to be ready to remain a contender in the boys 4 X100 relay, an event in which they are annually league and district top finishers. The Team of Burton, Matz, freshman Raphel Berrian, and junior Devin Flores took top honors in the tri-meet in a time of 46.1.
Senior Jarrid Strong finished first in the shot put with a toss of 38-09, and he took a second in the javelin with a mark of 137-08. Teammate Justin Biviano was second in the discus with a mark of 108-11.
Sophomore Ricky Houser is among some of the underclassmen who are also off to an impressive start as he notched a second in the long jump (18-05) and fifth in the triple jump (35-10). Freshman Cory Hicks third in the long jump with a mark of 18-0.
On the girls' side, senior Trinity Henderson had a good afternoon with a first-place finish in the shot put (33-01) and a third in the discus (74-10).
Senior Laura Gerhard took top honors in the 100 in a time of 28.3, and fellow senior Melissa Fuhrman was second in the 800 (3.01).
"We just need to keep working," said Reightler. "We have some people who will surprise this year."
In a meet with Palmerton from Tuesday, both the boys and girls teams lost, however the boys had several stand out performances.
Burton took first in the 100 with a time of 11.5 and Brinkley was first in the 800 (2:10.3) and the 1600 (4:51.7).
Ty Kern was tops in the pole vault clearing12-0 while teammate Flores was tied for third clearing 11-0. and Jared Stephen won the javelin with a throw of 142-2.
Jake Rusnock was second in the 3200 with a time of 11:23.9, just over six seconds off Collin Furchner of Northwestern. Kurt Wells was tied for second in the high jump clearing 5-4.
Burton was third in the 200 with a time of 24.4, less than a second behind winner Cameron Richardson of NW. In the discus, Biviano was third with a throw of 112-7.
The 400 and 3200 relay teams both won. The 400 had a time of 46.3 with a team of Berrian, Flores, Tony Harris and Burton. The 3200 had a winning time 10:16.5 and was made up of Brinkley, Zach Miller, Rusnock and Wells.
On the girls side, Henderson was second in the shot with a throw of 30-3.5. She was also fourth in the javelin. Colleen Hickey was third in the 100 with a time of 13.3, Shannon Bundra was third in the shot with a throw of 29-0.5 and Dakoha Zelinsky was third in the discus with a throw of 79-5.
The 400 relay took third with a time of 56.1 and was made up of Hickey, Miranda Burton, Megan Covert and Gerhard.