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Wyatt Younes off to states as team peaks at District 11 meet

Junior Wyatt Younes will be Catasauqua’s lone representative at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg this weekend, but the Rough Riders’ team performance at the District 11 Class 2A meet certainly left some aftershocks for the program.

“We had a fantastic meet,” exclaimed head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We had a number of people who placed and scored points for us.

“We peaked at the right time. We will have a number of underclassmen back, and there are good signs for the Catty track program.”

Younes won the long jump title with a mark of 20-11.5. He clocked a time of 11.42 in the 100 for his third-place finish. Only the winner in the boys’ races advanced to states.

“Wyatt saved his best jump for last,” added Rusnock. “He has been jumping well all year for us. He’s a gamer, and he has a good shot at states.”

Junior Jacob Dove notched a second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 52.55. Fellow junior Trevor Rigits took seventh in the javelin with a mark of 136-7. Senior Louis Del Rosario was eight in the 110 hurdles with a time of 19.06. Junior Cedric Bright took 10th in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.

The Roughie boys’ 4 x 400 relay team was seventh (3:44.61), and their 4 x 800 relay unit was eighth (10:00.78).

Senior Tyra Jackson was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 17.37 and fifth in the triple jump with a length of 33-4.75. The top two girls in each category advanced to states.

Sophomores Heaven Jenkins was sixth in the 100 in 13.37, and Alivia Bear was seventh in both the 800 (2:35.03) and 1,600 (5:43.47).

The Roughie girls’ 4 x 800 relay team was sixth (11:43.04), and their 4 x 100 squad was eighth (54.44).

Jackson, DelRosario, Lucy Brubaker, Ashley Ritter, Trisha Bloszinsky, Aidan Gerhard, Madison Harth, Cole Brown, Alex Oakley, and Jared Schneck were regular contributors from the departing senior class that made an impact.

“The seniors did a fantastic job,” said Rusnock. “They showed the underclassmen the ropes, and what to expect down the line. They were leaders and really set the pace for us all season.”

With his foundation becoming more embedded, Rusnock is optimistic about the program’s future.

“We got a good group coming back,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll get some freshmen who can come in and help us.

“But the overall program has really grown.”

Contributed photo Wyatt Younes poses after winning gold in the District 11 long jump event.
Press photo by Mike Haines Tyra Jackson took fifth in the triple jump.
Press photo by Mike Haines Jacob Dove races in the 400 where he took second place for the Roughies.