Hornet harriers open season at invitational
The Emmaus cross country teams opened the season Saturday at the Northampton Invitational at Bicentennial Park in Allen Township.
The Hornet girls team took third place in the Class 3A division, with Keerstin Augustin (seventh place) and Kera Reinhard (12th place) leading the way.
The Emmaus boys team was eighth out of 14 teams at the event. Jacob Brown was the team’s top finisher in 20th place.
The Hornet girls were the top District 11 team in the standings. Central Bucks East won with 63 points, followed by another District 1 team in Upper Dulbin (113), which edged Emmaus (114) by just one point. Easton (115) was close behind in fourth place, followed by Stroudsburg.
Stroudsburg senior Abby Conboy won the girls race in 19:21.59.
Emmaus finishers after Augustin (20:09.87) and Reinhard (20:17.17) were Clara Kennedy (29th), Edna Creelman (30th) and Marley Wait (36th) to round out the top five. Teammates Amanda Lavana (41st) and Abby Heilenman (44th) were not far behind.
In the boys Class 3A race, Central Bucks East (82) edged Easton (84) for first place, following by Stroudsburg (109), Southern Lehigh (127) and Downingtown East (132). Emmaus scored 177.
Christian McComb of Boyertown won the boys race in 16:0.59, followe by Easton’s Joseph Ozgar (16:10.81).
Brown ran the course in 17:03.59. Teammates Keshav Shankar (29th), Mason Brown (39th), Mark Magee (43rd) and Geoffrey Kleinberg (46th) rounded out Emmaus scorers. The Hornets’ Ian Cox (61st) and Cameron Carger (70th) also ran in the varsity race.
The Emmaus junior varsity runners had great success on the day, with both taking first place. Freshman Isabella Lees placed third in the JV race as the Hornets had four runners in the top 10 and five in the top 13. Sophomore William Bassett was third in the JV boys race for Emmaus. The Hornet JV boys placed five runners in the top 15.