• Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) She may not look all that fierce, but there's something you should know about Union-Endicott senior runner Emily MacKay. "If she put her sights on you, she's not going to let go," said her track and cross country coach, Daniel Bertoni. "She hates to be in back of somebody." That's why she's usually a step ahead. "She knows exactly what she wants to do at what part of the race," says Bertoni. "She knows what she's going to do before the race even starts." "I like knowing everything before the race," says Emily. "I like talking strategy with my coaches and planning out the entire race before I even start." In running especially, Bertoni says, you have to be mentally fit. "You really have to be strong mentally and I think that goes on into her academics, as well," he explains. She's in front there, too. Emily is a senior at U-E, but she's already powered through four college-level courses like she powers through races. Her coach says she has a certain poise when it comes to that. "She's nervous and she says she's nervous, but you can't tell," Bertoni says about MacKay. "It's kind of funny she has that sense of calmness even when she's nervous." "I feel like if I start off a race already breathing heavily because of nerves and my breathing's not as controlled -- I like starting off with very relaxed breath." "That's what some of the better athletes are able to do: just be calm when the nerves are high or when the stakes are high." Calm, cool, collected and clever. Her coach has another word: champion. That works for us. Emily MacKay: an Academic All-Star.

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