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File photoHanasia Jenkins returns as a key member of Catty’s Colonial League champion 400 relay team. File photoHanasia Jenkins returns as a key member of Catty’s Colonial League champion 400 relay team.

Numbers are up for track

Friday, March 24, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

With some welcomed depth and a strong returning unit, Catasauqua’s track program will look to further climb the ladder this spring.

The Roughies have nearly 60 athletes in their camp, a number that is relatively higher than normal. Yet, they will not have experience on their side in many events.

“We have been looking good so far,” said head coach Glen Reightler. “We do have quite a few underclassmen that will look to get better later in the season. But our numbers haven’t been this high in a few years. That’s a good sign for us.

“We’ll definitely have some strengths, but we’ll also have a number of kids who can be consistent performers down the road.”

The most visible unit for the Roughies will be their Colonial League champion 4x100 girls relay team.

Kenzie Bradley, Tyra Brown, and Hanasia Jenkins all return to the unit to help them defend their title. Reightler will need to replace Quinn Bachman, who also was effective in the jumps for the Roughies.

The foursome lost by a second to Palisades at the district meet last year.

“They should have another strong season,” said Reightler of the relay team. “They really put it together last year and we were anxious to see what they could have done at states, but Hanasia got hurt at districts.

“They’ll be right there in the league and district meet.”

Bradley also will run the 100 and 200 and compete in the long and triple jump, while Brown will run in the 100 and 200.

Jackie Garner and Jade Biviano are back in the field events for the Roughies.

On the boys’ side, Bryan Contreras is back in the long jump and will be gunning to top the 21 footmark and beyond. John Stires and Jacob Wittman should be consistent place winners in the pole vault. Miguel Hernandez will compete in the long and high jumps.

“Bryan Contreras worked very hard in the offseason, and he should have a big year,” added Reightler. “John (Stires) and Jacob (Wittman) both had good seasons last year, and we expect them to finish high in meets as well as leagues and districts.

“Miguel Hernandez has a very good chance to do well.”

With a good number of unproven athletes on both the boys and girls sides, Reightler knows he has to be patient.

“We’ll see,” he offered about the prospects of the season. “There are a good number of them who can develop. Right now, it is still too early. Our best results will be down the road.”