Factually speaking, Mason Boyd is a winner. His Emmaus High School career as a sprinter on the track and field team proves it. Tenacious and focused, the recent graduate had a four-event podium finish at the 2019 District 11 meet. He also ventured west to Shippensburg last year to compete in the 400m-meter run against the best Pennsylvania had to offer in the PIAA Class 3A category.
Boyd liked his trip to Shippensburg so much he decided it would be a great place to call home for the next four years. This fall, he’ll enter Shippensburg University as a track decathlete.
It’s true, sports are fun and games. But they can be much more.
Emmaus High School graduate Kaia Berrio, a distance runner on the track and field team and a member of the cross country team, lost her senior track season due to the pandemic, but did not lose sight of lessons learned from her Green Hornet athletic career.
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.
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.
Recent Emmaus High School graduates Alanna and Kayla Smith are not only sisters, they were teammates on the track and field squad. They’ll always be sisters, but over the next four years they will continue to be teammates.
Both are heading to the University of Connecticut and can’t wait to get there.
Caden Wright’s decision to attend Lehigh University this fall was both inspirational and pragmatic.
“I chose Lehigh University because I felt at home,” said Wright, a recent Emmaus High School graduate and champion wrestler. “I have grown up going to Lehigh wrestling matches and looking up to their wrestlers.”
As Wright’s own wrestling career progressed, he worked out at the school’s regional training center. This allowed him to develop relationships with Lehigh coaches and athletes.
The coronavirus has stolen much. It cannot, however, steal the desire of great competitors.
The virus has sidelined four Emmaus Green Hornet 4x100-meter relay runners. Seniors Alanna and Kayla Smith, Mackenzie Dries and Breyanna Roper will be unable to break the 4x100 school record.
The record, set in 2014 by Annae Wetherhold, Chanel Boothman, Amber Blunt and Devyn Hannis, is 48.63. The current foursome’s best mark, set in 2018, is 48.91.
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 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.
The Emmaus wrestling team finished a solid 2019-2020 campaign with an eighth place finish at the District 11 3A tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Liberty High School Memorial Gym.
The squad finished with 107.5 points, with the Nazareth Blue Eagles claiming the championship with 291.5 points.