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Roughs look to peak

Catasauqua’s boys and girls track programs are beginning to peak at the right time for the upcoming league and district meets.

“We’re looking good,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “Everybody is supporting each other, and they are working to lower their times.

“Our league is very difficult, but we believe we can have a number of them do well at districts.”

The girls team recently picked up their second victory of the season in a tri-meet at Notre Dame.

Sophomore Lauren DeLong continues to pace the league in the shot put, as he had the highest mark in week four of the season. Senior Trisha Bloszinsky has been very consistent all season, as she has a number of finishers among the top 10 in the league.

DeLong also has been a steady contributor in the discus. Senior Sade Rodriguez recently had the ninth best toss among league performers in the javelin.

“Lauren has just been outstanding for us,” said Rusnock. “She came on last year, and has gotten better with each passing week.”

Sophomore Heaven Jenkins has been excelling in the 100. Last week, Jenkins had the 13th best time in the league. Fellow sophomore Alivia Bear has been among the top 15 to 20 finishers in each of the 800, 1,600, and 3,200.

“‘Heaven has been running very hard, and she is working on her PRs (personal records),” added Rusnock. “Alivia has been steady all season for us.”

Rusnock has been impressed with the girls 4 x 100, 4 x 400, and 4 x 800 relay teams. They all were among the top 10 teams in the league last week.

On the boys side, junior Wyatt Younes has worked to maintain himself as a mainstay in the 100, 200, and the long jump. Younes had the sixth-best mark in the long jump.

Junior Jacob Dove has been among the top five to 10 place runners all season long in the 400.

“Wyatt has been getting it done,” said Rusnock. He has been building all season. Jacob is firing on all cylinders right now.”

Seniors Alex Oakley and Luis Del Rosaio along with junior Xaiver Sobrado have all been heightening their performances in the throwing events.

The boys unit has been notching some strong showings in the relays. Last week, the Rough Riders boys teams were third in the 4 x 8400, fifth in the 4 x 100, and 10th in the 4 x 800.

“We’re competing very well overall,” noted Rusnock. “We’ll be looking to continue to get better.”

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Alivia Bear races during a recent track and field meet against Northwestern.