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Sunday, July 12, 2020
CONTRBUTED PHOTOMackenzie Dries was disappointed not to have a senior track and field season. She will move on to competing in college next spring at Millersville University. CONTRBUTED PHOTOMackenzie Dries was disappointed not to have a senior track and field season. She will move on to competing in college next spring at Millersville University.

Dries will run at Millersville

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Stephen Althouse Special to the Press in Sports

Mackenzie Dries, a talented former sprinter with the Emmaus track and field team, was a member of what some called the “Fab Four.” This group didn’t change the 20th century’s course of popular music, but it was certainly memorable.

Alanna and Kayla Smith, Breyanna Roper and Dries comprised a mean green sprinting machine that was within .28 seconds of the school record. It was a .28 seconds they, of course, never broke.

“The cancellation of our season has been devastating,” said Dries. “I wanted that one last season with my track family to end my high school career. Looking back, it’s taught me that you never know when the good things in your life are going to be taken away. So, cherish every moment.”

The better moments included the foursome competing at the PIAA track meet in 2018 and 2019.

“I am most proud of my girls on the 4x100 relay team,” she said. “We worked our butts off to be the best we could be. We all believe that this year would have been the year we would have broken the school record, but as we all know, COVID-19 took that away from us.”

In spite of the disappointment, Dries learned valuable lessons as a Green Hornet.

“Throughout my four years running on the Emmaus track team I’ve learned that a team isn’t just a group of people. It’s a family,” Dries said. “You support that family and always have each others’ backs no matter what, on and off the track.”

Dries athletic career will continue at Millersville University, a place she fit in almost immediately.

“My college decision came down to how welcomed I felt and the atmosphere of the university,” she said. “When I stepped on the campus, I felt so comfortable.”

She is looking forward to developing a new family at the school.

“The reason I got into sports was to have fun, meet new people and enjoy friendly competition,” said Dries. “I will be running track in the spring and couldn’t be more excited. I’ve met the team over video chat and everyone was so fun. I fell like I will get along well with everyone.”