Cross country teams prep for postseason
Catasauqua’s cross country team was primed for their home meet at Bicentennial Park this week, a league field loaded with Bangor, Pen Argyl, Salisbury, Southern Lehigh, and Wilson. It also will be another measuring stick for the program.
“We have a good feel and it was something we were looking forward to” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We have been running hard and making progress. Our girls have had success and the boys are coming along. Other teams are taking notice.”
Rusnock believed his team was prepared after a recent meet at Palmerton, where he watched his team be tested.
“Palmerton is a very challenging course” said Rusnock. “Our kids for the most part handled themselves pretty well. Running at the Blue Mountain Ski Area didn’t allow most of our kids to get their regular times.
“But we have been able to field a full squad and have been able to hold our own.”
Heading into this week, the girls team had won five meets. Leading the way were Alexi Rushatz Sabrina Kemmerer, and Montana Muller, all of whom have been the team’s top runners this fall.
“Rushatz is a soccer player, but she runs extremely well when she is able to join us,” said Rusnock. “She has been our number one runner. Sabrina Kemmerer has posted some great times, and Montana Muller is right there as well.”
Katie Verenna, Makena Webber, and Bree Sheldon all also have been consistent performers all season.
On the boys’ side, Bradshaw Henning, Jacob Schneck, Nick Noti, and Sebastian Henry have been among the steadiest performers.
Newcomers Luke Colon and Dorian Hoagland have been rapidly improving.
Rusnock sees his team coming together at the right time with the Colonial League and District 11 meet on the horizon in the next few weeks.
“We’re looking forward to the league and district meet to see what we can do,” he said. “We don’t have a middle school program, but we have been able to recruit a good number of runners. We will lose some to graduation, but we have a good core coming back. We are a small school and we want them to try and reach their goals.
“Reaching goals is a big part of life and they can do the same here.”