More than 200 Amherst youth runners lined up Oct. 8 in races honoring late Steele High School track namesake Richard S. Cooley.
The Little Comets (kindergarten through fourth grade) 400 meter boys race was won by fourth-grader Landon Woodworth. Following were Christian Nieves (second place, third grade), Nathan Stewart (third place, fourth grade), Spencer Haney (fourth place, third grade), and Mort Wilson (fifth place, fourth grade).
The Little Comets girls race was won by thir-grader Grace Bruewer, who was followed by Carmela Rivera (second place, fourth grade), Lindsey Mariast (third place, fourth grade), Hannah Drost (fourth place, second grade), and Makenna Dorobek (fifth place, third grade).
In the 800 meters, the Nord Running Club (fifth- and sixth-grade) boys runners were led by Blake Kubasak with a great time of 2:56. Next were Jeff Keiffer (2:58), Trevor Gillam (3:20), Jeffery Rangel (3:22), and Ryan Naelitz (3:27).
The girls were led by Sierra Dorobek with an incredible time of 2:54. Auroura Wilson was second with a time of 3:17. Next were Kayla Ferancy (3:24), Claire Bedo (3:28), and Bella Sekletar (3:35).
Junior high athletes ran a mile. Kaylee Haff took first place for the girls, finishing in 5:56, trailed by Estella Woodworth, Marisa DelValle, Alanna Woodworth, and Emily Hughes. Jacob Raesler finished first in the boys race with a time of 5:34, leading Cael Walker, Brent Baumgartner, Lucas Johnson, and Geizi Amon.
In the high school mile race, sophomore Josh Hill won with a time of 4:36. He was followed by Cameron Shawver (4:50), Scott Kelly (4:55), Devin Baumgartner (5:01), and Matthew Kirsch (5:02).
Columbus Day race results
On Oct. 10, the Amherst Little Comets girls were led by fourth-grader Kamille Coleman, Grace Bruewer (second place, third grade), Hanna Drost (third place, second grade), McKenna Dorobek (fourth place, third grade), and Alaina Alflen (fifth place, third grade).
Landon Woodworth, a fourth-grader, was the boys champion, followed by Spencer Haney (second place, third grade), Mort Wilson (third place, fourth grade), Nathan Stewart (fourth place, third grade), and Benjamin Thompson (fifth place, third grade).
The boys Running Club members were led by Blake Kubasak with a time of 2:59. He was followed by Jeff Keiffer (second place, 3:05), Cameron Gendics (third place, 3:05), Braden Hunker (fourth place, 3:09), and Aiden Hylton (fifth place, 3:11).
The girls Running Club members were led by Sierra Dorobek, who crossed the line with a time of 3:01. Following were Ella Baker (second place, 3:16), Aurora Wilson (third place, 3:21), Gabrielle Brezina (fourth place, 3:28), and Emma Bruewer (fifth place, 3:34).
All of the Amherst youth runners were invited to compete Oct. 15 at the Southwestern Conference championships at Lorain County Community College. They competed in a co-ed 800-meter cross country run.
Joseph Miller won the race in a great time of 2:57. Also scoring for the Comets boys were Jeff Keiffer II (3:01, second), Kelton Sufilka (3:02, third), Aidan Hylton (3:02, fourth), and Grant Dobo (3:12, seventh).
Aurora Wilson had an outstanding race and was the top girl finisher in 3:12, placing sixth overall. She was followed by Bella Sekletar (3:34, 18th), Claire Bedo (3:36, 21st), Annabella O’Brien (3:38, 24th), and Ella Baker (3:40, 25th).
Courtesy photo A crowd of kids gathers on Columbus Day for one of three recent races showcasing the speed of young Comets runners.