Bradley adjusts to college track and field life
Kenzie Bradley always has accepted a challenge and made the most of it.
While at Catasauqua, Bradley was a successful three-sport athlete, initially in basketball, field hockey and softball, and in the latter shelving softball for track. She has been repeatedly referred to as one of the most talented athletes to wear the Brown and White over the last 20 years.
It was in track where she arguably reached her pinnacle.
Bradley was a member of the Roughies’ medal-winning 4X100 relay team and she also excelled in the long jump as well as maintaining a steady presence in the triple and high jumps.
Her late bloom with track helped earn her a scholarship to continue her career at Bucknell University last spring.
Now fresh off her winter season, Bradley came to the realization that she envisioned about the program.
“It is very, very different than high school track,” reflected Bradley. “This is a year-round program. I was used to playing basketball during the winter.
“It is a whole different process. I found out that I didn’t have the correct form for high jumps and long jumps. I am preparing differently and doing things better.”
Bradley, who entered Bucknell’s program as a multi-athlete, has decided to concentrate on her jumps.
During the winter season, she also ran some 60-meter dashes as well as her jumps. Her personal bests this season were 8.6 in the 60, 4-11 in the high jump, and 15.975 in the triple jump.
“My focus is all on track now,” said Bradley. “That was a big adjustment for me. There is no more field hockey and basketball. I have to get used to not doing that again.
“I know I can go to a summer camp or summer meets if I want to do that.”
Bradley is pleased that she can focus all of her academic attention of her math major. There are a handful of Lehigh Valley products on the roster that also have helped to make her transition smoother.
“In high school, I would have to take a writing course that didn’t really help me,” she said. “I want to be able to concentrate on math-related courses just like I am doing with track.”
Like always, Bradley has never been short on confidence and determination. She admittedly has a stronger comfort level about her status after the winter season.
The Bison begin their spring schedule at the University of Pennsylvania March 23.
“I feel 10 times better about the outdoor season,” said Bradley. “I felt much better about myself and what I could do after the winter season. The winter is just a tuneup for the spring.
“Now I know what to do and what I can do. I am looking forward to the spring season.”