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Senior Athlete Spotlight: Emma Bathurst

Lucas Cook, Junior Sports Editor

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Emma Bathurst, a senior at Abilene High School, has been involved in more than one extracurricular activity at Abilene High School. She has been one of the band’s drum majors for the past few years, a prominent voice in Mrs. Danette Whiteley’s AHS Singers’ choir, and a high-performing student near the top of her class. Coming from a hardworking farm family, Emma is also a fantastic scholar and will be attending Manhattan Christian College. Aside from those achievements, she has also been involved in varsity sports, running on both the cross country and track teams as well as playing guard for the girls’ basketball team.

For two years, Emma was a strong addition to the cross country team. She originally joined due to a lack of participants on the women’s team, as a lack of five girls on the team would result in the team being ineligible to score points in the women’s division at a meet. Stepping in was Emma, who made strides in her first season and became a solid addition in her second and final season with the team. She lettered both years as a runner and provided a role model for younger runners. Cross country coach Andy Cook noted, “She brought instant leadership in two ways: she was a hard worker and she was determined. She was also a competitor, and other teammates see that, and their drive is higher because of her.”

When asked about what she considered her favorite things about cross country were, Emma responded by saying, “One of my most favorite things about cross country over the past two years was the team environment. There’s something about running a 5k and suffering the heat together in practices and at meets. I’ll always remember jamming out to Megan Anguiano’s terrible pre-race music playlist on the way to meets. Whether it was early morning practices, team dinners, or walking the course at meets, our team was crazy and had a fun time.”

Emma also had a solid career in basketball. Most recently, she started all of last season alongside fellow senior Jensen Roth and ended the season ranked 70th overall in the state. As a guard, Emma regulated the offense and played proficient defense as the Cowgirls finished third in the district.

Emma Bathurst, 15, takes a shot against the Chapman Lady Irish. Photo: Ron Preston, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.

“For basketball, I’ll never forget the night we played Clay Center at home,” Emma added, discussing her favorite basketball memory. “Since it was a league game and ended up taking the game into overtime. The crowd was nuts that night. The fans, band, and cheerleaders brought the home crowd atmosphere to us and gave our team momentum. Even though we didn’t win on the scoreboard, we knew we gave Clay Center a fit that night. That’s a game I will never forget.”

Emma has also been an impact member of the girls’ track team. This season, specifically, she is a varsity athlete who runs sprints and middle distance.

“In track, my favorite memory was last year when both teams won the league meet. It was the first time in a long while since the girls had won. We were so tired from the day but still so excited running that last victory lap.”

Emma as Homecoming Queen. Photo: Brandi McGivney, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.

In her four years at Abilene High School, Emma displayed the highest level of excellence in the activities she participated in. Athetics was only one area of her prowess. Abilene will miss her leadership and attitude.

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