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Relay team wants one more chance

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

Whether there will be a 2020 Emmaus High School girls track and field season is anyone’s guess. What is not debatable is coach Kami Reinhard supports Gov. Wolf’s mandate requiring Pennsylvania public schools to close through March 30.

“I absolutely agree with the measures being taken to lessen the severity and spread of COVID-19,” the coach said during a recent interview. “Working in health care, this is a first, having school closures as part of the action plan.”

The announcement to officially close public schools, made March 13, left Reinhard with little chance to prepare her team during the hiatus.

“The good news is the majority of our athletes participated in our winter track program, or were in other sports,” she said. “So they are well equipped with knowledge on what to do to keep up with training.”

Reinhard made one thing clear - she didn’t want anyone gathering for workouts. Right now, solo is the way to go.

“However, we surely encouraged our athletes to continue training,” she added.

The coach believe this year’s girls squad has great potential.

“My heart breaks thinking of the four sprint [relay] girls who have had ups and downs for the past three years, who have finally come back together this year in an effort to break a record that was the goal from their freshman year,” Reinhard said. “Year after year, there has been something that has happened to stop that record from happening. I can’t believe here we are again, this time with a virus affecting their ability to compete, let alone practice. It’s just hear-wrenching.”

The four sprinters - Alanna Smith, Kayla Smith, Mackenzie Dries and Breyanna Roper - are all seniors and were all focused on breaking the 4x100 relay record.

Juniors Halle Jennett, Ashleigh McNellis and Madison Brown have been strong contributors to the sprints team.

Molly Lineberger and Lily Shields are Reinhard’s leaders on the girls throws team. Senior Abby Sommer, juniors Peyton Rautzhan and Mackenzie Bruns and sophomore Morgan Belisle are the Green Hornets’ top four pole vaulters.

In hurdles, seniors Liz Mazella and Catherine Gallagher, along with juniors S.J. Waterman, Claire Engel and Tayah Mehrtens and sophomore Bethany Brown also make for a solid hurdles crew in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Senior Laurel Widdoss, junior Sachiko Price and sophomore Aubrie Pavlacka are Emmaus’ top three returning jumpers in all three jumps.

Distance runners include senior Kaia Berrio and juniors Keerstin Augustin, Clara Kennedy, Ashley Ryan and Kera Reinhard, along with sophomores Belle Lees and Madison Torretta.

Newcomers with promise include Olympia Curley-Katrishen (junior, hurdles), Isabella Russo (freshman, hurdles), Catherine Sirignano (throws), Cami Metka (throws) and Hailey Reinhard (distance), all add depth to the Green Hornet cause, along with Summer Lorincz (sophomore, jumps and sprints).

Whether there is a 2020 season or not, and how much of a season occurs, is out of Reinhard’s hands. She takes a philosophical view.

“The athletes know I hold a very strong value that everything happens for a reason,” Reinhard said.