EHS girls compete in state track meet
After four years as one of Emmaus’ top distance runners, senior Abby Dalton had the pleasure of finishing her high school career on the biggest stage this state has to offer for high school track and field competitors.
Dalton, along with a foursome of teammates, competed in the PIAA Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Dalton ran the 3200-meter run in 11:21.62 on a hot and humid day in central Pennsylvania to take 13th place in Class 3A.
“It wasn’t my best race, but it was hot though,” she said. “I was hoping for a PR (personal record). I just wanted to try my hardest.”
Dalton finishes off the best track and field season of her high school career. She won league and district titles in the 1600 and 3200. She set personal bests in both at the league meet.
Dalton had a great cross country season in fall, qualifying for states individually and placing in the top 25. She carried that success into the spring track and field season.
“I was really happy after cross country states,” she said. “And I thought no matter what happened in track and field I was going to be happy.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better track and field season. I did really well in a bunch of races in leagues and districts. I’m happy I qualified as an individual for states for the first time.”
Dalton was at states last year as part of a relay team. This year she went individually, but there was also a Hornet relay team there to keep her company.
Emmaus’ 400-meter relay team of Alanna Smith, Kayla Smith, Breyanna Roper and Mackenzie Dries qualified for states and finished 17th with a time of 48.94. It was not far off their district runner-up time of 48.91.
Alanna Smith also ran in the 100-meter dash at states, finishing 25th with a time of 12.79.