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Press photo by Linda RothrockAmaiya Johnson hands off to Kenzie Bradley during a recent 400 meter relay race. The team recently took over the top spot in the Colonial League top performance list. Press photo by Linda RothrockAmaiya Johnson hands off to Kenzie Bradley during a recent 400 meter relay race. The team recently took over the top spot in the Colonial League top performance list.

400 relay sets personal best

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Even though the season is early, Catasauqua’s track program continues to excel.

The defending Colonial league champion girls’ 400 relay team of Kenzie Bradley, Tyra Brown, Hanasia Jenkins, and Amaiya Johnson recently set a new personal best time of 50.6. They have been setting record times throughout the young season and appear to be on track to defend their title.

Catty’s foursome lost by a split second to Palisades in last year’s Class 2A District 11 meet. Johnson is the newest member of the unit, replacing recent graduate Quinn Bachman.

“They still could use a little improvement on their handoffs,” said head coach Glenn Reightler. “But they have been running hard and have been impressive. Johnson has been doing a really good job adjusting to the other girls.”

Bradley, a junior, also is off to solid start in both the long jump and triple jump. She recently recorded a league high in both events. It has been an evolving process for her that has quickly taken an upward swing. She also has been battling a left hip flexor.

“As a freshman, she (Bradley) had some nice jumps and she had to overcome fouling,” Reightler said. “At the end of last year, she really started to come around. She wasn’t fouling as much and became more consistent with her efforts.

“She has the ability to jump over 17 (feet). She has been working through the hip flexor, and should be fine the rest of the way. We expect her to be a force at the league and district meets.”

Reightler noted how Brown and Jenkins both have posted personal bests in the 100 and 200.

Along with the sprints, the Roughies’ girls’ team has been doing well in the field.

Jade Biviano has had a consistent season in the discus, and Jackie Garner and JJ Gillespie have topped the charts in the shot put. Jamie Reppert also has been posting high marks in the discus.

On the boys’ side, Jacob Wittman should be a league contender in the pole vault. He is among the league’s best in the event.

“He (Wittman) has the opportunity to do well,” Reightler said. “He could have a nice finish to his season.”

Reightler is also looking for a consistent effort from Bryan Contreras in the long jump.

“He (Contreras) is having a pretty good year,” Reightler said. “But we expect that he can continue to hit higher marks. “

Overall, Reightler expects to see some noteworthy individual efforts.

“We have a number of them who will have very good seasons,” he said. “We should have a good group that can do well in leagues and districts.”