Hornet boys track team hits its stride
The Emmaus boys track team is hitting its stride at just the right time.
Case in point was a superb four-day stretch in which the Green Hornets defeated Allentown Central Catholic 126-23 on April 15, Bethlehem Catholic 109-41 on April 17 and took second in the Pirate Invitational held April 18 at Palisades High School. The results - a sterling 5-1 record thus far in 2019.
The reason as to why rests, in part, to coach Kari Reinhard’s commitment to developing young talent.
“We believe it is important to not only focus on performing during the season, but to also look ahead and make sure to build for the future as well,” Reinhard said. “This week showed us the amount of depth we have. We may not have the top-seed superstars, but we have depth.”
The strengths the Green Hornets have in numbers was on display at the Pirate Invitational in the 1600-meter run as Ian Cox, Ben Shimer, Colin Schaffer and Cameron Carter placed third through sixth.
While the Green Hornets have plenty of talent, a few names stood out, Reinhard noted. Lubens Myers, Jakob Smolinsky, Mason Boyd, Jacob Brown and Paul Petre have been competing in three to four events every meet and scoring points in each. A handful of other young men showed significant improvement during the four-day period, including Mark Magee, Mac Thomas, Bryan Bertsch, Alex Taylor and Connor Inman.
Reinhard saw particular improvements in two areas - throws and pole vault.
“Not only are they all great athletes, but hold great character as well,” the coach said. “We believe in our pole vaulters and throws team to continue to improve to get into the league and district meets.”
One pole vaulter who did the job for the Green Hornets was Brody Pavelko, who took second in the Pirate Invitational.
The club is led by Evan Whitman, Chris Tigar, Toshan Doodnauth, Sylis Alliston, along with Myers and Brown.
Emmaus will gear up for a meet with Freedom and then a trip to the Penn Relays. In the latter competition, both the girls and boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay relay are entered, according to their coach.
“We feel we have our best teams ready to go,” Reinhard said. “So we will see how they do at the highest possible level of competition.”