Athlete of the week: Kenta Takatsu

kenta-takatsu-picBy LAUREN DEMPSEY
After setting five team bests in the winter track season, Kenta Takatsu has earned this week’s Athlete of the Week honors.

Takatsu, a junior, is one of the key distance runners on a strong but young team. He participates in a variety of middle distance events as well as the triple jump.

During various races this year, Kenta has team bests in the triple jump, 600m, the 4 x 800 relay and the distance medley relay. He also placed third in the 600m in the league championships.

As the Garnets are a young team, the 4 x 800 relay team includes juniors Ryan Bird and Jack Smith as well as sophomore Jack Ryan. Last year, Kenta broke the freshman/sophomore record with the same trio as well as the distance medley relay. The 4 x 800 team is hoping to be a state qualifier next year.

Aside from his prowess on the track, Takatsu is also serious about his academics. Acing AP math and science honors, Kenta carries his love for running to his school work as well.

Kenta runs for the Garnets Cross Country Team in the fall as well as running spring track, where he also holds the freshman/sophomore distance medley relay record.

“Kenta’s one of the toughest runners I’ve ever seen,” teammate Jack Ryan said. “In every race that he participates, he gives everything he’s got. He rarely finishes a race standing up.”

Coach Jim Yedowitz concurred.

“Kenta is one of the hardest workers on the team,” he said. “He is always giving it his best effort.”