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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Liberty track off to hot start

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ track and field team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0, and Liberty’s boys are 3-1 with their only loss to Easton.

“The girls are an established, well-known commodity, so we knew what they were going to be,” said Hurricane coach Andy Messa, who, along with Chris D’Emilio, is sharing head coaching duties. “With the boys, there were a lot of holes in our team, and we addressed that with them immediately.”

The Hurricane boys have six returning varsity letter winners and are already doing better than last year.

“They’ve embraced that they’re unknowns, working hard and pushing each other, which is something the girls have done for a long time,” Messa said. “We’re teaching them that winning a race feels good, but winning a meet feels better.”

Both Liberty’s boys’ and girls’ teams were victorious over Dieruff, Bethlehem Catholic, and Whitehall.

While the Hurricane girls defeated Easton, the Hurricane boys lost to the Red Rovers by only three points, a big change from last year’s loss, which was by 42 points.

“The way they look at themselves, that’s also on the right track,” said Messa. “We let the kids know as much as we possibly can that everywhere, we are good, and everybody has a job to do. We have a chance to beat everybody.”

In addition, the Hurricanes have not voted for or appointed any captains.

“We tell them that if they lead by example, other kids will follow their lead, every day,” Messa said. “We’re doing it with depth across the board.”