Track team is ready to start the season
With the setbacks of the recent winter storms, Catasauqua’s track team is anxious to begin the regular season.
New head coach Kyle Rusnock is a big part.
The always energetic Rusnock has brought a high level of energy into the program.
The Roughies will have to wait until April 3 with a home meet against Palisades to get underway as their scheduled season opener Tuesday at Wilson was postponed.
“I am really looking forward to the season,” said Rusnock, who had 54 athletes on the roster. “It is a thrill to see all of these kids working hard. We have been doing what we can with the weather and we get out as much as we can.”
Senior Kenzie Bradley, who is headed to Bucknell on a track scholarship, figures to be the centerpiece of the program this spring. Bradley has been successful with the long and triple jumps as well as being a part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
“Kenzie will be involved in a number of events,” said Rusnock. “It is a matter of whatever she can excel at. She is very talented and we want to get her involved.”
Fellow senior Tyra Brown is back to be a favorite in the 100 and 200, and she also is a member of the relay teams.
“Tyra (Brown) is a great athlete who works very hard,” added Rusnock. “We’re looking forward to seeing what she can do in her events.”
Freshman Lexi Rushatz, who ran states in cross country this past fall, will run the middle to long distance events. Senior Jamie Reppert is back and should have a strong season in the throwing events.
Bradley, Brown, freshman Hamyah Jenkins, senior Madison Emery, and freshman Erica Kuhar will be running the 4x100, and Bradley, Brown, Rushatz, and Emery are early candidates for the 4x400.
On the boys side, junior Dante Kaintz should have a strong season in the jumps. Seniors Joey Sparacello (throws), Grant Gebhardt (distance), Derrick Rodriguez (sprints), and Jacob Wittman (pole vault) will be in contention all season.
Junior Devon Troxell (sprints) also has had a good spring. Junior Wilquon Clemons (sprints) is a newcomer and is expected to be a major contributor.
Rusnock also credited assistant coaches Dave Burker, Dylan Haklar, and Dave Stires in making the transition easier, as Rusnock returned to coaching track after a 15-year absence. He last coached the sport at Pen Argyl.
Overall, though, his philosophy appears to be working.
“They have a good work ethic and are buying into the program,” said Rusnock about his team. “I want the kids to figure it out and see what works best for them. They have been helping each other out, and they are all anxious for the season to begin.”