Brosky earns state medal in 400
Hanna Brosky qualified for the PIAA meet last year as a junior, something that would be memorable to most track and field athletes. However, the Emmaus High School runner wanted to forget that trip as she didn't perform her best.
When Brosky qualified again this spring in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run, she wanted better and did just that as she finished fifth in the Class AAA 400 at states, which was held at Shippensburg University on May 22 and 23.
"Although I planned to achieve higher goals, I can't be disappointed with my performance," said Brosky. "I still competed my best, performing at a level I have never attained before. Overall, I also enjoyed my races more than ever before. I embraced my nerves and really ran completely happy."
Brosky did not qualify for the finals in the 800 meter run, but that was planned.
"I knew competing at my highest level in the 400 would mean resting my legs as much as possible, so I jogged the 800, but I also wouldn't say I was upset with fifth," she said. "I was originally set on finishing third, but the race was a photo finish."
Despite their abundance of success this season, both the boys and girls 4x800 meter relay squads failed to make the final race as the girls' squad ran a 10:34.94, over one minute slower than their seed time. Also, the girls' 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays did not move past the preliminaries.
Scott Schlegel, who made his second appearance at states, tied for ninth with a jump of six feet, four inches in the Class AAA high jump.
Junior Maria Justus competed in the 100-meter hurdles, as she ran a 15.71 in her preliminary heat but failed to qualify for semifinals.
The Emmaus track teams set new records, won championships and sent plenty to the postseason meets.
The girls' squad will be losing one of its top athletes in Brosky, who will be continuing her career at Lehigh University in the fall. Although she will be going from a Green Hornet to a Mountain Hawk, she believes her senior year at Emmaus made it all possible.
"I definitely think my senior year was a pivotal moment of my track career," she said. "I joined a club team over the summer and received some impeccable coaching that sharpened my focus and my talent.
"Quitting soccer to take up track really has been the best decision I could have made. I am fortunate to find a sport that has given me great happiness and success."