400 relay eyes a berth at state meet
Catasauqua’s track team headed to the PIAA District 11 meet this week with plenty of promise and opportunity.
The Roughies best chance of claiming a gold medal is with their girls’ 4 X 100 relay team of Tyra Brown, Kenzie Bradley, Hanasia Jenkins, and Amaiya Johnson, who combined to finish second behind Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League meet. The foursome was the defending league champions and they lost by a split second to Palisades at last year’s district meet.
At the district meet, the Roughies were seeded first in the event ahead of Marian Catholic and Wilson. Palisades entered the meet seeded fifth in the event.
“We lost to Southern Lehigh at the league meet due to our handoffs,” said head coach Glenn Reightler. “We have been working on our handoffs all season and we seem to be getting better with the situation.”
Reightler also anticipated a strong showing from Brown in the 100 and 200, as she recently achieved personal bests in both events. Bradley also should be in the running in the long jump, as she also recently notched a personal best.
Brown finished fourth in both the 100 and 200 at the Colonial League meet, and Bradley was second in the long jump.
“Tyra (Brown) has been running very well,” said Reightler. “The warmer weather should help her, too. Kenzie has had a good season and she really has been jumping well. Both girls can have a good showing in districts.”
Jacob Wittman, who finished fifth in the pole vault at the league meet, is expected to be in the hunt at the district meet.
Jamie Reppert, who finished eighth in the league meet, will compete in the discus; JJ Gillespie will compete in the shot put; and Jade Biviano will be in the javelin competition at districts.
Bryan Contreras could also make some noise in the long and triple jump.
Whatever the outcome, Reightler was pleased with the girls’ team effort in the Colonial League meet and sees it as a possible stepping stone all the way to Shippensburg.
“They only won one meet, but these girls did very well at the league meet,” Reightler said. “I was very pleased on what they did. I think our girls’ relay team can get out to Shippensburg. We also have a number of athletes who have the potential to get far.”