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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBreyanna Roper will continue her track and field career at DeSales University. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBreyanna Roper will continue her track and field career at DeSales University.

Roper will run track at DeSales

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by StepHen ALthouse Special to the Press in Sports

However you look at it, .28 seconds is not a long time. But it’s a time that will never be reached for Breyanna Roper.

Roper, a graduating senior at Emmaus, wanted to break a school record in the 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Alanna and Kayla Smith and Mackenzie Dries by that scant amount this spring. As we all know, that opportunity never came for Roper and her teammates as the season was canceled.

“I was very upset that I wasn’t able to run my senior year,” Roper said about the aborted 2020 season. “If I have learned anything from this, it’s that you should always appreciate the little things because you never know what the next day could bring.”

Roper had reason to be disappointed. She and her relay team placed third at districts during her freshman season. During Roper’s sophomore year, she made it to leagues and districts, running her best time in the 100-meter dash and her 4-by-100 meter team made it to states.

“Unfortunately, I sustained an injury my junior year and this pandemic took away my senior year,” Roper said.

Roper’s days this fall and for the next few years will include attending DeSales University, where she will study sports and exercise physiology and run track.

“I chose the school because it’s close to home and I believe they can provide me with the proper education needed for the future and help me achieve the goals I have set for myself,” Roper said.

The Green Hornet sprinter has plenty of plans for herself at the Center Valley school athletically.

“My goals are to pick up my performance where I left off prior to my last race and to have a successful season for my team,” she said. “My expectation is that I have an awesome team and support from my coaches as I had on the Emmaus track team.”

Roper also learned this lesson from her high school athletic career.

“Running for Emmaus has taught me that anyone can be family, no matter what they look like or where they come from,” she said.