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Track looks to peak at right time

Catasauqua’s track team continues to gradually excel, and head coach Kyle Rusnock expects his team to reach its potential at the right time.

“We are doing well,” he said. “Our girls have been right there with teams, and our boys are really coming together.

“We keep getting better, but we don’t want to peak too early.”

In a recent tri-meet at Saucon Valley, The Rough Riders’ girls’ squad dropped a 86-61 decision to Saucon Valley, and they were nipped by Bangor, 73-71. The boys’ unit was beaten by Bangor, 82-49, and by Saucon Valley, 78-64.

Wyatt Younes had a big day as a triple winner, as he captured the 100 (11.85), 200 (24.62), and long jump (17-9.5) in sections.

“Wyatt is such a hard worker,” said Rusnock.” He does everything we ask of him. He has a lot of talent, and he is only going to get better.”

Ian Juica also has a first in a 100 flight (12.95) and Trevor Rigits was first in the 800 (2:33.12). Louis Del Rosario took top honors in the 300 hurdles (47.36).

Dorian Hoagland and Tyler Monahan both gained the top spot in shot put flights. Hoagland had a mark of 31-11, and Monahan topped 40-8. Hoagland also won a flight in javelin with a toss of 132-11.

“Dorian has had a good year for us,” said Rusnock. “He has done a number of things for us.

“Tyler has been throwing farther each meet, and his goal was to get over 40 (feet). He will be among the top throwers at districts.”

On the girls’ side, Kyra Jackson won the 100 hurdles in a time of 19.88 and Dion Bright took the 400 in a time of 1:08.93.

Madelyn Gonzalez won the high jump (4-5), and Aidan Gerhard captured the shot put (31-11). Madison Harth took the triple jump (29-7).

Rusnock also highlighted the performance of Hunter Miller, who finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 31-7.25.

“He’s one of those kids who has grown and matured,” added Rusnock. “He should have a good rest of the season for us.”