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Monday, November 19, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus' Keshav Shankar will compete in this weekends PIAA Championship race. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus' Keshav Shankar will compete in this weekends PIAA Championship race.
Emmaus junior Paul Petre finished a team-best 14th at districts and will advance to this weekend’s state championship race. Emmaus junior Paul Petre finished a team-best 14th at districts and will advance to this weekend’s state championship race.
PRESS PHOTOS BY NANCY SCHOLZKeerstin Augustin led the Emmaus girls team with a ninth-place finish at districts. PRESS PHOTOS BY NANCY SCHOLZKeerstin Augustin led the Emmaus girls team with a ninth-place finish at districts.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Freshman Isabella Lees and the Emmaus girls cross country team advanced to this weekends state championship meet with a second-place team finish at districts. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Freshman Isabella Lees and the Emmaus girls cross country team advanced to this weekends state championship meet with a second-place team finish at districts.

EHS girls harriers earn second in D-11

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPEHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus cross country boys and girls program had a great afternoon Oct. 24 at the District 11 Cross Country Championships held at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

The fairly young Emmaus girls squad, which ran a smart and spirited race collectively to finish second out of 14 schools. They had an average time of 20:40 and all of the Hornet girls runners finished in the top 32 out of 106 participants.

“I think maybe having that setback last week when the girls got third as a team at conferences kind of gave them a little more fuel,” said Emmaus head coach Kelly Bracetty. “We had a very solid performance on both sides, boys and girls. They had some of the fastest times they have run ever, since they have been running.”

The afternoon featured a biting wind throughout.

“These conditions are a little windy, but we went out there and we ran hard and put it all on the line,” Bracetty said.

Finishing first for the girls was sensational sophomore Keerstin Augustin at 19:57, good enough for eighth overall. Freshman Isabella Lees ended at 20:28, which was good for 13th place. Freshman Madison Torretta was 22nd with a 20:54 mark.

Amanda LaVana, a senior, came in 27th at 21:01 and teammates senior Abby Heilenman and sophomore Kera Reinhard finished right next to each other - at 31st and 32nd respectively. Heilenman ran at 21:14 and Reinhard finished one second behind her.

The boys also had a very solid race, finishing fourth out of 15 schools with an average time of 17:08. Junior Paul Petre and sophomore Keshav Shankar finished 14th and 15th within a whisker of each other at 17:01.50 and 17:01.80. Also in a bunch were junior Mark Magee and senior Jacob Brown, who finished 18th and 19th. The two young men came in an eyelash of each other, at 17:03.66 and 17:03.93.

Junior Mason Brown came in 32nd at 17:32, sophomore Geoffrey Kleinberg wasn’t far behind at 36th at 17:43 and William Bassett, a senior, came in 47th at 17:58.

Easton won the girls team title with 72 points. Emmaus was second with 94. The second-place team finish earns the Hornets a qualification for this weekend’s PIAA Class 3A state championship race in Hershey. As a team qualifier Emmaus’ top seven runners will compete on the HersheyPark Course Saturday.

The Hornet boys team had 98 points. Easton won the boys title with 55 points and Parkland (67) was second. Shankar and Petre earned the right to run at states based on being among the top 10 runners who were not part of state qualifying teams in boy Class 4A. Magee and Jacob Brown finished just outside of state-qualifying position.