Hanna Brosky qualified for the PIAA meet last year as a junior, something that would be memorable to most track and field athletes. However, the Emmaus High School runner wanted to forget that trip as she didn't perform her best.
When Brosky qualified again this spring in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run, she wanted better and did just that as she finished fifth in the Class AAA 400 at states, which was held at Shippensburg University on May 22 and 23.
Last May, Scott Schlegel was the only male member of the Emmaus track and field team to qualify for the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
This year, he will have some comrades to join him, the four members of the boys' 4x800 meter relay team.
The squad, comprised of Kevin Waterman, Greg Jaindl, Jordan Frank and Ryan Paradise qualified for the trip to Ship with a time of 8:01.22 and a second place finish at last week's District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School.
Katie Bacher was the top seed heading into the girls' 3200-meter run at last week's Lehigh Valley Conference track and field meet held at the Zephyr Sports Complex, which made her a little nervous as she is only a sophomore.
"I'm not used to this," Bacher said of being the top seed. "I didn't know what to expect when I found out. I just thought it was crazy. It felt like everyone was coming for me."
The rest of the field tried to catch her, but was unsuccessful as the Lady Hornet proved worthy of her top seed and grabbed gold in the event with a time of 11:22.76.
There are three different relay races in a track and field meet. At the high school level in Pennsylvania, there are the 4x100, the 4x400 and the 4x800 meter relay.
The Emmaus girls track team earned medals in all three relay events at last week's Lehigh Valley Conference track and field meet held at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
The most successful of all the squads was the 4x100 meter relay team of Annae Wetherhold, Chanel Boothman, Amber Blunt and Devyn Hannis.
Hearing footsteps is usually a scary premise in sports. It sometimes causes receivers in football to drop a pass. Occasionally it even distracts an infielder from cleanly fielding a ground ball.
To Emmaus sprinter Chanel Boothman, the sound of pattering feet motivates her.
"Most of the time I listen for footsteps," the senior said. "It sounds weird, but I do. Once I hear it a little bit closer to me, I start speeding up."
Shannon Petrunak has a poster in her classroom that reads "Make an effort, not an excuse."
The English teacher doesn't just hold her students to that, she also preaches that to her track and field team, especially during this wild spring sports season.
"I don't want them to use the weather and lack of practice outside as an excuse," she said. "Everyone has had to deal with this weather and these situations. I don't do well with excuses."
The 2013 season was a successful, record-breaking year for the Emmaus track and field team. It included multiple district and state qualifiers as well as a Lehigh Valley Conference meet championship for the girls' squad.
All of the Green Hornets, along with sixth-year head coach Shannon Petrunak, are hoping to improve even more on last year's triumphs.
"Our goal is always to do well as a team and send as many athletes as possible to districts and states," she said.
Many high school football players dream about playing in the National Football League.
Last month some local student-athletes got the chance to experience what prospective NFL players undergo.
On February 22 at Emmaus High School, the Hornet football program, in conjuction with Velocity Sports, held the first annual football combine for local high school players in ninth through 11th grade to bring the feel of the combine from Indianapolis to the Lehigh Valley.
This season started out with some unknowns for Emmaus football.
Last week it came to a definitive end.
The 2013 season came to a close for the Green Hornets last Friday night as Delaware Valley defeated Emmaus 19-18 in the Eastern Conference playoffs at East Penn School District Stadium.
Emmaus football has never won the Eastern Conference playoff championship.
The Green Hornets are looking to change that over the next two weeks.
The first stop on the road to the Class AAAA Eastern Conference championship is a semifinal contest against Delaware Valley from District 2, who went 5-5 this fall. This Friday at 7 p.m. the Warrios visit at East Penn School District Stadium.