Boys harriers place fourth at districts
The Emmaus boys cross country team presented its fans with a strong closing performance to the 2019 season, finishing fourth in the District 11 Class 3A Cross Country Championships held Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Keshav Shankar, who qualified for state competition, paced the Green Hornets and finished 16th overall in 17:23.
“We came out here with the mentality that we want to win,” Shankar said after the race. “I think we put a hard effort out there. We got a little caught up out there in the second-to-last mile. If we had pushed a little harder that last mile and start picking off some Parkland kids we might have gotten in, but we’re still good with the results.”
Cameron Carter and Mark Magee, two runners who have performedwell all year, finished 19th and 20th overall, with times of 17:29 and 17:30 respectively. Ian Cox finished fourth on the squad and 25th overall with a 17:44 mark and Paul Petre took 27th place to complete Emmaus’ scoring.
Collin Schaffer (34th, 18:02) and Ben Shimer (43rd, 18:09) rounded out the Hornet boys contingent.
Nazareth won the 3A title, followed by Southern Lehigh and Parkland.
Throughout the 2019 campaign, the Emmaus boys squad has gradually improved, thanks in part to its desire to improve and under the direction of coach Kelly Bracetty, who constantly reminds that her team that the ‘comfort zone is where dreams go to die.”
“I’ve learned that we just have to trust her training,” said Shankar. “She puts us through hard workouts, but gives us our days off and takes care of us. We want to get to peak this time of the year. So we gradually increase and we train to peak right at districts to give our best effort. I thought we did a real good job of that.”
The Emmaus boys squad is also a close-knit group.
“I would be nowhere where I was if I didn’t have a team,” Shankar said. “During workouts, during practice, we always run together and bond as a team. That’s what pushes you everyday to run harder and harder.”
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Team scores and legend
*1. Nazareth (Naz) 71, *2. Southern Lehigh (SL) 82, 3. Parkland (Par) 86, 4. Emmaus (Emm) 107, 5. Easton (Eas) 173, 6. Northampton (Nor) 177, 7. Stroudsburg (Str) 180, 8. Liberty (Lib) 200, 9. Freedom (Fre) 212, 10. ES South (ESS) 321, 11. Whitehall (W) 340, 12. Pleasant Valley (PV) 344, 13. PM East (PME) 376, 14. ES North (ESN) 398, 15. PM West (PMW) 414, 16. Allen (A) 504, 17. Pottsville (Pott) 515.
*1. Cole Frank (Lib) 16:20, *2. Marco Cardone (Eas) 16:35, *3. Alex Kane (SL) 16:38, *4. Alex Heidemann (Fre) 16:57, *5. Ethan Warren (Par) 17:05, *6. Dominik Lisicky (SL) 17:07.0, *7. Jack Hollar (PME) 17:07.4, *8. Travis Lahr (Naz) 17:09, *9. Daniel Brunner (Naz) 17:14, *10. Brayden Graham (Str) 17:16, *11. Alec DiCesare (SL) 17:19, *12. Nate Reimer (Par) 17:20, *13. Anthony Kositz (Naz) 17:21, *14. Vince Gallagher (Nor) 17:22, *15. Owen Nahf (Nor) 17:23.0, *16. Keshav Shankar (Emm) 17:23.7, 17. Ben Esquirers (Par) 17:24.6, *18. Adam Kollgaard (Naz) 17:24.9, 19. Cameron Carter (Emm) 17:29, 20. Mark Magee (Emm) 17:30.