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Young Pates can compete

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s track and field team is comprised of many individual athletes who can compete, and now coach Ben Reph’s job is to teach the Patriots how to be competitive throughout their lineup in order to win as a team.

“We are very young, especially on the girls’ side. I think we’re on the right track, but we’re a year or two away from peaking there,” said Reph.

Although the Patriots have lost to Easton, Parkland, and Allentown Central Catholic, Freedom’s boys lost to the Vikings by only six points.

“That was a really close meet that came down to the wire. Anything could have been the difference,” Reph said. “We have a decent core of senior boys, but we’re still trying to find our feet with kids transitioning from basketball or wrestling, and we have a couple kids injured.”

The Patriots have a good group of throwers who are improving on a weekly basis and who took points from Easton and Parkland in last week’s meet. They also have distance runners who do it all, especially on the girls’ team.

“Part of my push is to get kids from other sports because I believe the best athletes at Freedom will be multisport athletes, but we didn’t have as much time as I would have liked for them to find what they’re good at in track,” said Reph, referring to excessive inclement weather this spring.

The Patriots are still finding their feet sprint-wise, but Reph has high hopes for Madison McTier, a jumper whom he would like to see get to states.

“She has been a stud for us,” Reph said.

All in all, Freedom’s track and field team has the numbers, approximately 110, and a brand-new track.

“It’s great for practice, and it’s a great place to host a meet,” said Reph. “We’re there five times this year.”

This Wednesday, the Patriots will host Nazareth and Dieruff.