WOW...Way to Go Kassidy and congratulations on the school records!
Kassidy Mulryne racked up nine school records for the New Egypt Middle School girls track and field team, setting marks in everything but throwing events.
“It’s shocking. I didn’t even know I could run short distance,” Mulryne said. “My dad wanted me to try it.”
Mulryne did and quickly set standards in the sprints, even eclipsing her old record at 1,600 meters that she set as a sixth grader.
“She’s very competitive and very gifted,” said track coach Mick Hughes, who said he has not seen a student-athlete set a standard of excellence like Mulryne has in his 10 years with the team. “And her maturity and leadership skills developed along with her work ethic. If she continues to work hard, the sky is truly the limit for her. She can succeed her next four years in high school [at New Egypt] and beyond that in college if she chooses to continue.”
What also has helped her is the coaching she received from her mom, Jacqueline Mulryne, who coaches the girls team and the jumpers on the girls and boys teams at neighboring Allentown High School. It’s no surprise that the jumping events are her favorite, with some extra practice time spent working under her mom’s instruction.
Kassidy noted “speed definitely helps” as well, as she has reached a school record of 14-1 in the long jump and 4-10 in the high jump.
“When Kassidy has a goal, her determination is amazing,” Jacqueline Mulryne said. “I knew that she had the talent to break the records, but it was really her that decided that she wanted to. She determined which records are most important to her and went after them accordingly. As she has said, the jumps are her favorite, so she wanted to get those records first. “She knows her legs are not the same for high jump after she runs the 800, so she wanted to beat the high jump record first. I am happy that they had so many meets this year and her coaches allowed her to do various events so she could meet her goal,” Jacqueline Mulryne continued.
The mom/coach said her daughter, who has been on the school team for three years, had a love of the sport long before that. She used to join local athletes going to the Penn Relays and also watched them compete in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.
“She is a visual learner, so she knows a lot about the long jump and high jump,” Jacqueline Mulryne said. “Another key to her jumping success is her core strength.”
Kassidy developed some of that jumping skill from competing in gymnastics. She also excels in basketball as a point guard and in soccer on defense, which all got her well-conditioned for the spring season.
“She’s really sound with her techniques and really fluid,” Hughes said. “You see a real difference in what she does in jumping vs. the other kids. She’s ahead of the curve.”
Kassidy has also excelled in running events. Along with resetting her school record in the 1,600 (5:52), she set school standards in the 800 (2:33), the 400 (1:03), the 200 (27.4) and the 100 (13.0), as well as the 55 hurdles (9.1).
She also ran on the record-setting 4x100 relay with Megan Hammer, Tori Hedgal and Celeste Leal.
Jacqueline Mulryne said Kassidy wants to try the triple jump and pole vault.
“The hardest part will be her deciding what she wants to do,” she said. “I just want her to have fun and stay healthy.”