The Comets boys cross country team had an excellent showing at the OHSAA district championships on Saturday at Lorain County Community College.
Sophomore Josh Hill won the championship race despite cold windy conditions with a time of 16:35. His win marks the first individual Amherst boy to win districts since Zak Wilburn did in 2004.
The rest of the team also ran well and earned a fifth place spot to qualify for the regional tournament this Saturday at Boardman — its first trip since 2008.
The second runner from Amherst was Devin Baumgartner with a 22nd place finish and a time of 17:39. Following were Cameron Shawver (26th, 17:47), Matthew Kirsch (39th, 18:10), Andrew Vontell (58th, 18:43), Gabe DelValle (59th, 18:47), and Ethan Barnes(64th, 18:55). Leading the open boys was Scott Kelly with a time of 18:47.
The boys actually tied with Avon for the fifth spot, but in case of a tie, OHSAA rules stipulate that the sixth runner acts as a tiebreaker. DelValle was the sixth runner and was 10 places ahead of Avon’s sixth place runner.
The boys will race again at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The top eight teams will qualify for the state championships, as will the top 32 individuals.
Courtesy photo The Amherst boys cross country team has qualified to run at regionals for the first time since 2008.