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PRESS PHOTO BY SCOTT PAGELEmmaus’ Keshav Shankar heads toward the finish line during an early-season invitational meet. PRESS PHOTO BY SCOTT PAGELEmmaus’ Keshav Shankar heads toward the finish line during an early-season invitational meet.

Hornet harriers are impressive

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys and girls cross country teams continue to impress after an Oct. 2 meet that left the girls team undefeated at 12-0 and the boys at 10-2.

The talented Green Hornet girls downed a tough Liberty squad 27-30, Freedom 18-42 and Bethlehem Catholic 15-50 on the day, showing outstanding individual and team effort in the process. The boys defeated Freedom 20-41 and Bethlehem Catholic 18-45, but lost a close meet to Liberty 27-28.

On the girls side, sophomores Keerstin Augustin and Kera Richard set the pace for the Hornet pack. Augustin finished second (20:02.46), just tenths of seconds before Reinhard (20:02.89). Following the duo were Clara Kennedy, Belle Lees, Amanda Lavana, Ashleigh McNellis and Madison Torretta.

The Emmaus boys saw outstanding performances from senior Jacob Brown and sophomore Keshav Shankar, who each broke the 17- minute mark (16:51 and 16:52 respectively) during the Oct. 2 meet. They were followed by fellow Green Hornets Mark Magee, Paul Petre, Geoffrey Kleinberg, Mason Brown and Will Bassett.

Three days earlier Emmaus, swarmed the opposition during a successful showing at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. The prestigious tilt features two scholastic varsity races. One is known as the “Brown,” and the other is called the “White.” The former is considered the more competitive of the two. Hornet head coach Kelly Bracetty’s girls were outstanding at the top finisher among Lehigh Valley schools in the Brown race. The Lady Hornets claimed the fourth overall position. Augustin and Reinhard again led the pack, finishing 36th and 46th respectively, with times of 19:51 and 20:04.

Throughout the entire season, Hornet runners have been willing to “step up and willing to run out of their comfort zone,” according toBracetty. The team is focused “not only on making themselves better, but making everyone on the team better.”

Emmaus’ final regular season girls meet is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Emmaus High School and features opponents Central Catholic, Allen and Dieruff. The boys take on Central Catholic and Dieruff that same day at Lehigh Parkway. The postseason follows with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet on Oct. 16 and the District 11 meet eight days later. The key to a great postseason run starts with one trait, according to Bracetty.

“Confidence,” the coach said.