Wilson's Ashley Williams hoping for another painfully good race

Emmaus' Hanna Brosky was an all-conference soccer player as a freshman, but decided to give it up to focus solely on running. She ran cross country and then gave track a try this spring.

Things have worked out just fine for the sophomore.

"[Soccer] was a big deal my entire life, but so was running," she said. "I started with winter track, made it to states and ended up loving it.

"At [the Allen Invitational], I ran against most of the people I would face at districts. It was an eye-opener when I got first place. I knew then that states wasn't that far away."

Brosky is seeded 10th in the 3A 800 at states after winning the district title in 2:15.78.

PACK UP THE BUS

Stroudsburg's boys have more participants than any other District 11 team with 10 state qualifiers. Langston Northern (100, 200, 400 relay) will be the busiest. Quay Rogers (long and triple jumps) and Donovan McDonald (200, 400) are in two events, though McDonald could add a third if he teams with Northern, Keyautay Aulder and Altarique Moseley-Dew in the 400 relay. He ran in place of JaVaughn Patterson at districts. Other Mounties making the trek — Ben Kloepping (110 hurdles), David Clowney (triple jump), Jon Passmore (shot put) and Kenji Okamoto (pole vault).

Bethlehem Catholic has nine girls in Shippensburg, led by Jade Kubitsky and Lexi Reightler, who ran on all three qualifying relay teams. Mara Blanchard ran on the 400 and 1,600 relays and qualified in the pole vault. Other Golden Hawks here — Lauren Channer (100), Megan Tucker (200), Katie Altpeter (400 relay), Cait Moroney (300 hurdles, 1,600 relay), Meaghan Roszyk (3,200 relay) and Cecilia Zemanek (3,200 relay).

LONG DISTANCE

Moravian Academy's Rebecca Askins-Gast, a three-time District 11 2A champ in the 800, likely will study comparative literature and a language — either French or Chinese — starting in the fall at the University of Chicago. She spent last summer in France as part of a community service/study program.

QUOTE

Allen pole vaulter Julia Molloy on last year's first state appearance: "It was insane. It was the biggest meet I'd ever been to. Gymnastics, swimming, track.

"I got to go to Penn Relays this year, so Shipp [doesn't compare] to Penn Relays."

TRACKING DOWN

Jess Pereira

Age: 17

School: Palmerton

Class: Junior

Favorite event: 400

Career goal: Major in business management or business administration

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