Reichenbach reaches new heights
For Jack Reichenbach, this season has been all about preparing for the postseason.
After an injury slowed the start of his senior campaign, the returning state medalist wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of this year’s postseason. He took sixth place in last year’s state high jump championships, but wasn’t getting near his personal best from last April.
Everything finally came together for Reichenbach at last week’s Colonial League championships. After winning the long jump he moved to the high jump area and had the best performance of his career, setting a new personal best at 6-8 for this year’s gold medal.
“Coming in I was hoping to get a season best of 6-4,” he said. “I am so happy about the jumping today.”
Reichenbach was one of three medal winners and four top-five finishers from Salisbury as Erica Holben and Delano McKenzie also picked up league hardware at Whitehall High School last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Reichenbach, who took sixth place in both long and high jump at last year’s state meet, suffered an injury during basketball season. His three-month recovery time took him right into track season, and things started slow this year.
“I had a lot of physical therapy and it wasn’t heavy weight or a lot of running,” he said. “When I got released from that and I was able to do track and field, I ended up doing too much too soon. Just because they said I was cleared didn’t mean I was ready to go. That led to other injuries.
“It’s been tough this season but I’m feeling good at the right time and that’s all that matters.”
After jumping 6-7 at the 2017 Allen Invitational, Reichenbach took second at last year’s league meet at 6-5 and second in districts at 6-4. In both meets he finished behind 2017 state champ Greg Lauray of Notre Dame (Green Pond), who cleared 6-11 for the state crown.
This season Reichenbach had not gotten over 6-4, and it took three attempts to clear that mark last Tuesday. He needed another three attempts to get over 6-6, made it over the bar at 6-8 on his first try.
“I was getting worried about the high jump because I was struggling all year,” he said. “Then today something clicked and it was awesome.’
He is finally starting to feel close to 100 percent healthy.
“During the long jump my hamstring was really bothering me,” said Reichenbach. “As I started to run more I started to loosen up a little bit and when I got to high jump I felt great. That was a huge part of the success I had today.”
In long jump, where Reichenbach is defending league champ, he leaped 22-8 1/2 for this year’s title. The same distance he hit for last year’s league gold.
During the long jump my hamstring was really bothering me. As I started to run more I started to loosen up a little bit and when I got to high jump I felt great. That was a huge part of the success I had today.
“I had a chance to PR in the long jump,” he said. “I felt good enough. I fouled a few that might have been a PR.”
He got to 23-5 1/2 to win last year’s district title and was the top seed in last year’s state long jump before getting to 21-4 1/4 for the state medal.
Holben, a junior, finished tied for third in high jump. She cleared 5-0 to tie with Pen Argyls’ Jocelyn Itterly. They fininshed just behind second-place Kenzie Bradely (Catasauqua) at 5-2. Lydia Bottelier (Palisades) won the event at meet record height of 5-10.
Junior Delano McKenzie took fourth place in long jump at 21-4 /4. He finished behind Michael Eckhart (Palmerton) in third place at 21-6 1/2. Bangor’s Anthony Jones was second at 21-11 1/2.
Falcon junior Madison Jewell was fifth in pole vault at 8-6, finishing one place away from earning a medal.
Salisbury’s boys team finished eighth in the team standings out of 12 teams.