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Harriers happy with start this season

For the Catasauqua cross country team, it will be a learning process. The Rough Riders have a relatively young squad, and head coach Kyle Rusnock is optimistic his team can continue to succeed throughout the season.

The Roughies recently competed in the Northampton Invitational, and Rusnock was pleased with the results.

“We did a fantastic job running in the meet,” he beamed. “Our kids are working hard to lower their times, and you can see the progress.”

Senior Alivia Bear, who was a state qualifier last year, set the space for the Roughies, as she ran the course in 21:05.3 for 66th place. Fellow senior Ava Smith clocked at 22:20.0 for 77th place.

Freshman Uyen Ly finished in 30.16 and Delanie Popa came across at 32:29.

“Aliva ran well as always and posted a good time,” said Rusnock. “Ava followed with a good time of hers. Uyen Ly did a nice job running her first ever competition. Delanie Popa ran well in her first competition of the season.”

Sophomore Evan Reed led the boys unit with a time of 20:13.80. Junior William Aguirre was the second Roughie to finish in 21:06.50. He was followed by junior Jonathan Rizzo (21:48.40), sophomore Gavin Hacker (22:42.20), senior Mikhail Hartranft (23:45.10), sophomore Jack Brubaker (23:48.60), and freshman Cassius Esttronza (31:10.40).

“The boys were impressive, dropping minutes off their times already,” said Rusnock. “They were led by Evan Reed, who ran in a great time. Overall, the boys are progressing well.”

Rusnock is optimistic about the week ahead.

“We have two meets this week,” said Rusnock. “We want to get on the track, so we can peak at the right time. The team has been doing everything that is asked and will be ready to compete.

“Coach (Laura) Gerhard and I are proud of the way they are starting the season.”