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Hornet girls take team title at LVC track meet

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by TYLER TRUMBAUER Special to the Press in HS Sports

"It's all about the will to win."

That is the description Hanna Brosky gave of the 400-meter dash.

Last week at the two-day, Lehigh Valley Conference track and field championships at Whitehall's Zephyr Sports Complex, Brosky possessed that desire and earned the gold in that fierce race to the finish line.

With a final time of 58.89 seconds, the speedy junior found herself atop the medal stand after that race. She returned to the top of the podium two more times before the meet was over.

Brosky admits that she is more accustomed to the 800 than the 400. She proved that at the league meet as well as she took gold in that event too.

Brosky collected a total of three gold medals throughout the two days as she was also part of the 4x800 relay team that won.

"It's neat," she said. "I made states last year and that made it more exciting. This is all practice for me. I'm here getting ready for states."

For her performance at the league meet, Brosky was awarded with the Jack Pressman Award.

Another Hornet multi-medalist coming out of last week's event was junior Devyn Hannis.

Although this is Hannis' first year on the team, in the words of the head coach Shannon Petrunak, she is "an invaluable sprinter." The blossoming track star earned three bronze medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and as a member of the 4x100 relay team.

When asked how it felt to be wearing a medal, Hannis could only summon one word, "Great."

That 4x100 team that Hannis contributed to left Whitehall with grins from ear to ear. In addition to Hannis, Annae Wetherhold, Chanel Boothman and Amber Blunt all were a part of that squad that finished third in the relay and broke the school record in the process by clocking a time of 49.90 seconds.

Emmaus won another relay as itfinished first in the 4x800 with a winning time of 9:42.63. According to Pertrunak this victory early on in the meet really set the tone for the rest of the team. Members of that team were Brosky, Ashley Moxey, Jaclyn Reinbold and Katie Bacher.

Another new face on the track and field scene this spring is Kevin Waterman. The junior has shown immense talent since and is reaping the awards in the postseason. He received a bronze medal in the boys 1600 and another as part of the 4x800 relay.

Waterman was in the front of the pack for most of the 1600 and pushed it for the last 120 meters to capture that last spot on the podium, which he says is his go-to move when in the top five down the stretch.

The Green Hornets were buzzing on the track as Maria Justus also collected a few medals last week. The junior runner earned two silver medals for finishing second in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

Her time of 47.31 in the 300 was her personal record. She admitted to being shy and said this stage is "scary" to perform on. The team captain did pick up on one tactic being deployed by her opponents though.

"Everyone was playing mind games," Justus said. "We ran in different sections and people were yelling out lower, incorrect times to try and intimidate us. So I just keep tunnel vision before and during the race to focus."

Other notable finishes by Green Hornets include: second place in the girls 200 by Boothman, second place in the boys' 800 by Eric Jones, fourth place by Myanna Faction in the girls' shot put and a fourth place finish by Scott Schlegal in the boys' high jump.

Late Wednesday night after a three-hour weather delay, the track extravaganza ended and Emmaus' girls' team officially won the team title. After 18 exhilarating events, the ladies scored 119 points. Their closest competitor, Parkland, finished second with 94 points.

Petrunak said she was proud of the girls, but kept them grounded with a stern message.

"I kept telling the girls that we have targets on our backs, and everyone is going to work hard to beat us," she said. "Winning isn't easy, and nothing is guaranteed."