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Roughs earn 20 medals

Alivia Bear was one of several Catasauqua athletes who excelled at the recent Colonial League championships, and she also saw the big picture involving her team.

The Rough Riders brought home 20 medals from the meet.

Bear finished 10th in the 800 (2:34.40) and 1,600 (5.24.26). She also was part of the 1,600 relay team, which finished fourth (4:20.19). She and her teammates are looking forward to the district meet this week.

“Leagues went as expected,” she said. “I had solid races in the 800 and 1,600, and the whole team made out well. I’m looking forward to districts, and I’m running the 3,200 for the second time this season. I’ll also run in the 800, 1,600, and the 4 x 400 relay, so I am hoping to get some personal records in those.

“We have a lot of people looking to qualify for states, and I’m excited to see it happen. We’ll be bringing home more than 20 medals for sure.”

Other Roughies who had top 10 finishes were Hailey Jenkins, first in the 100 (12.44) and third in the triple jump (35-9); Ava Smith, ninth in the 3,200; Olivia Burnett, ninth in the high jump (4-7); Lauren DeLong, third in the shot put (32-9); Wyatt Younes, sixth in the long jump (20-7) and eighth in the 100 (11:49); Jacob Dove, third in the 400 (51.70); Josaiah LaFond, seventh in the 300 hurdles (43.74); and Trevor Rigits, eighth in the javelin (125-7).

The girls’ 400 relay team was third (50.78) and the 1,600 team was fourth (4:20.19).

Catty’s boys’ 400 relay team was fourth (44.56), and the 1,600 relay team was third (3:35.27).

Head coach Kyle Rusnock was extremely pleased.

“The league meet was fantastic for us,” he said. “We came away with 20 medals that were well deserved by our athletes. They worked very hard getting ready for the postseason.

“Our coaches did a great job of getting them to peak at the right time and it showed. We couldn’t have been more proud of what they accomplished.”