Emmaus girls send three relays to states
The name Hanna Brosky has appeared in multiple result sheets, newspaper articles and has been announced plenty of times while she occupyied the top of medal stands.
It was her time in the 400-meter dash at last week's District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School that will have Brosky's name etched in the record books.
The Emmaus senior ran a 56.53, breaking the previous District 11 meet record of 56.90, held by Alyssa Lombardo of Saucon Valley since 2011.
"To be brutally honest, I was thinking about this meet record," Brosky said. "I knew I was about .04, .05 seconds away from it and I really wanted to get that best time. Running and winning goes so far, but getting your name in records is something that is probably in a lot of runners' minds when they get to the starting line.
"It is one of the first records that I've broken, so I'm really happy."
Brosky's record-setting race earned her a gold medal and qualified her for the PIAA meet, which will be held on May 22 and 23, at Shippensburg University. She also qualified in the 800-meter run with another first-place finish.
Brosky earned another medal as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team, along with teammates Jaclyn Reinbold, Mandy McCarthy and Katie Bacher. The foursome ran a 9:30.98, a quick enough time to qualify for the state meet.
The Lady Hornets' 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay squads will also be making the trip to states. Annae Wetherhold, Chanel Boothman, Amber Blunt and Devyn Hannis of the 4x100 relay squad earned gold with a time of 48.64. The 4x400 meter relay team of Brosky, Alyssa Sopko, Boothman and Blunt, took home gold as well.
Boothman and Blunt experienced also enjoyed some individual successes. Boothman qualified for states in the 100-meter dash with a second-place finish. She also medaled in the 200-meter dash, but did not qualify, as she finished third.
Blunt earned gold in the 200-meter dash and qualified for states with a time of 26.07. She also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, but did not qualify for states as the top two finishers in an event automatically qualify and any other competitors who meet the qualifying standard for that event.
"We really want to get to finals," said Boothman, a senior. "A medal would be great, even for the relay teams, but we just want to do well because it is the last time that all of us will be running together."
Bacher has more time available to run in her high school career as the sophomore has two more years left. Last week she earned two bronze medals, one in the 3200-meter run and the other in the 1600, leaving her on the outside looking in on those events at states.
"The biggest thing I can take away from this season is that hard work really pays off," Bacher said of her individual campaign this spring. "I definitely put in a lot of time in the winter. It was a hard winter to run in, but I definitely worked really hard. I saw huge improvements from last year."
Maria Justus, who made the trip to Ship last season, will be returning to the meet competing in the 100-meter hurdles as she finished sixth in the event, but had a time of 15.49. to meet the standard.