Northampton Press

Monday, May 25, 2020
Zach Gula is disappointed with the loss of his track season but more disappointed for his teammates. He’ll attend Wilkes for basketball. Zach Gula is disappointed with the loss of his track season but more disappointed for his teammates. He’ll attend Wilkes for basketball.

Gula sees big picture with situation

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Zach Gula can see the big picture and put his postponed track season in its proper perspective from his primary basketball season.

“Canceling the season isn’t that big of a big deal,” said the senior. “For me, track wasn’t my main sport. I do feel badly for some of my teammates who season was a lot bigger to them than mine was to me. It would have been a real issue for me if basketball season would have been canceled.

“The real issue is people who are losing their jobs, and people who are struggling to make ends meet. When you think of it in that way, it’s not that big.”

However, this track season could have been a big one for Gula and the javelin.

He was working to improve his eighth-place finish as a sophomore at districts and seeking to continue his ascent since he only threw on the JV team as a freshman.

His initial steps of a track career can be traced back to his early youth when he watched an older cousin, Patrick Wanamaker, throw the javelin as a member of Northern Lehigh’s team.

“I remember watching him (Wanamaker) when I was pretty young and thought it would be a cool thing to do,” said Gula. “When I was a freshman, we really didn’t have a lot of good javelin throwers and I was trying to get used to it.

“I was in about six or seven JV meets that year. I knew I had a lot of work to do.”

Gula did just that.

He greatly improved his distance and recorded a toss of 147.01 for an eighth-pace district finish his sophomore year. He finished 13th at districts last year with a toss of 146.06.

Last season, Gula also began throwing the shot put and discus.

“It was something that I just thought I would try,’ said Gula about the shot and discus. “I haven’t been terrible and I am getting used to it.

“I figured I would be better at it this year.”

Gula also expected a stronger season with the javelin.

“I was working on more form and technique,” he said. “I also get stronger, and I felt I could have done better. But there are a lot of good young kids who came into the program, and they can throw.”

Gula, who was a four-year standout on the hardwoods for the Kids, is anxious to begin his basketball career at Wilkes University. He was among the Kids’ leading scorers the past two years.

“They (Wilkes) have sent me workouts, and I am doing what I can,” he said. “I’m excited to get started, but who knows what’s going to happen. I just hope everything works out for the best.”

If Gula’s path at Wilkes is a parallel to Northampton, it should be a smooth ride.