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Boys T&F has experience, talent

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys track and field season is uncertain. Gov. Wolf’s order to close public schools for three weeks to combat coronavirus leaves the season in limbo.

When will the season start? What kind of season will it be? Will there even be a season?

has had to make many adjustments to the Green Hornets’ training schedule and will need to make more if the hiatus lasts beyond the initial two-week school closure.

“That’s a tough question to answer because it depends on so many factors,” Hornet head coach Kami Reinhard said when asked what adjustments her team need to make because of the season’s postponement. “Number one is the health of our athletes. As long as they can all stay healthy, general maintenance, body weight and resistant training can do more wonders than you may think. Additionally, this general break and mental and physical rest may be beneficial to many.”

At what point would the track and field season have to start to have a meaningful season? The answer is anyone’s guess.

“We would need to start back up around April 13 at the latest to have a meaningful season,” Reinhard said last week, before Monday’s announcement that extended school closings to a third week.

If there is a 2020 season, the Emmaus boys squad has the potential to make it a memorable one.

“After tryouts were completed, I had told the team and our coaches that it was already too good to be true to have such a strong boys team,” said Reinhard.

A total of 27 seniors give the Green Hornets experience.

Bryan Bertsch, Alex Taylor, Mac Thomas, Alex Kleinschmidt and Jaylin Roper - all seniors - have trained hard to improve. Brody Pavelko, another senior, along with teammate Luke Rautzhan are looking to reach far over 11-feet in pole vault this season. Seniors Jaiden Acevedo and Jake Perry, along with juniors Kyle Ryan, Doug Fair and Alex Harmon are all pushing each other to advance to postseason action this year.

Jumpers Sylis Alliston, Luca Flick, Mason Boyd, Jakob Smolinsky and Jared Green all have shown best marks in the preseason. Distance runners Mark Magee, Paul Petre, Colin Schaffer and Brendon Ward - all seniors - lead the pack and looking to return to PIAA state meet action again. Juniors Keshave Shankar and Geoffrey Kleinberg along with sophomores Holden Brown and Gabriel Krem add depth.

Juniors Gabe Trexler, Colin Byrne and Aidan Dougherty should support Boyd and Smolinsky in sprints.

Newcomer Brandon Camire is expected to be a positive addition to the boys sprint team. Aiden Hurlburt, a freshman, is impressing in the vault. Dominic Nunez and Ethan Ferris, two freshman, are hoping to contribute to mid-distance running. Dylan Michael, John Ferris and Matthew Smith are three seniors who are pleasant surprises to the Emmaus jump team. John Daphnis, the brother of Keyon Carroll-Herring, could be a chip off the block.

Whether any of this happens, of course, is anyone’s guess.

“With what’s going on right now in our world, the goal right now would be to just be able to compete at some point, in some way, shape or form,” said Reinhard.