Overall, Houser has successful track year
After he had a successful regular and postseason, Catasauqua's Ricky Houser was anxious to participate in his final state tournament recently held at Shippensburg University.
However, Houser's performance didn't live up to his expectations. However, Houser is still optimistic he can close some gaps in the future.
The senior finished 13th overall in the state long jump competition with a leap of 19.125 and he was 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 40-8. They both were marks below his anticipated jumps.
Houser credited some nerves and a chilly morning as possible reasons for his lack of success.
"I thought I did terrible," deadpanned Houser. "It wasn't what I expected and it certainly wasn't my best. It was a matter of a couple of things that didn't work in my favor.
"I was a little nervous being it was the state tournament and I shouldn't have been. It was also 48 degrees in the morning and there was a chill in the air. But I just didn't do what I thought I could do out there. I really thought I would come home with a medal."
Houser did appreciate his final season as a whole as he established personal bests in the triple jump (43-9, good enough to win the district title) and long jump (21-6). He also captured gold in the triple jump at the Colonial League championships this year.
"It was a good year for me," noted Houser. "I wanted to get a personal best this year. Overall, it was a good year, and it really was a quick one. Before I knew it, it was over. But I felt good because I pushed myself all the way through."
Head coach Glenn Reightler figured it would be a solid year for Houser.
"He was very determined this year," said Reightler of Houser. "He took over as one of our senior leaders and wanted to build on what he achieved over the past few years. Ricky had a good season and was jumping well. I know he wanted to get a medal at states.
"But he has helped build this program."
Although he will miss his days at Catasauqua, Houser is looking forward to attending Allegheny College this fall, where he will continue his football and track career. While there, he will pursue a degree in physical therapy. He will leave for his new home at the beginning of August.
"I will miss Catty and coach Reightler had a big influence over me," added Houser. "But I am really excited about college. I really want to see what else I can do at college."
If fate is on his side, Houser will get another chance to get to the top.