More than 250 Amherst runners from kindergarten through 12th grade competed Saturday in the Cooley Mile.
The event is to honor the late Richard Cooley, a longtime coach and teacher for the Amherst Schools.
The top three Amherst Steele High School cross country runners were Josh Hill, Matthew Kirsch, and Gabe DelValle.
From the Amherst Junior High cross country team, Jace Perez, Sebastian Pecora, and Nick Glahn were the top three boys and Catherine Turner, Sierra Dorobek, and Estella Woodworth were the top three girls.
The sixth grade running club competed in a half-mile race. The top three boys were Devin Ramirez, Jeff Keiffer, and Christopher Turner. The top three sixth grade girls were Gabi Brezina, Ava Murphy, and Victoria Ruiz.
Little Comets from kindergarten to fifth grade ran a quarter-mile race.
The top three fifth grade boys were Mort Wilson, Landon Woodworth, and Vinny Washburn. The top fifth grade girls were Marin Tellier, River Ambroz, and Vegas Ronan.
The top fourth grade boys were Peyton Leibacher, Spencer Haney, and Benjamin Thompson. The top fourth grade girls were Dani Dury, Violet Ambroz, and Sadi Dorazio.
The top third grade boys were Devin Juristy, Aiden Haney, and Anthony Falbo. The top third grade girls were Alanna Wilson, Faith Hamilton, and Karina Shuster.
The top second grade boys were Christopher Foisy, Stephen Dillon, and Levi Rice. The top second grade girls were Bella Hostler, Julia Fossie, and Brooklyn Elliot.
The top first grade boys were Jacob Kushinski, Ben Smith, and Carlos Ballesteros. The top first grade girls were Isabella Rector, Destiny Hamilton, and Emma Gerth.
The top kindergarten finishers were Timothy Gallo, Jace Allen, and Tristan Wilson for the boys and Alexandria Anthos, Ivy Ambrose, and Lila Kelley for the girls.
The day was capped off with a senior recognition ceremony. The cross country teams and running club members will compete at the Southwestern Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Lorain County Community College. The races begin at 9:40 a.m.
Coach Rob Glatz thanked the following key players for their contributions that led to the success of the Cooley Mile: Beth Gillam for being the “finish line queen,” Jenna Kovach and Courtney Cogdell for being the “Twitter queens”(@RunAmherst), Antonia Montelone for coordinating the high school girls cross country team for leading the youth runners, Gatorade for providing a healthy snack for the runners, Zac Boesel for running the scoreboard, Dave Anderson for starting the races, Michelle Kirsch for taking over 400 pictures of the event and posting them at www.runamherst.com, Melissa Hubbard for selling shirts, Sonny and Robert Wilburn for reading splits, and the Junior cross country runners for coordinating the senior recognition.
This free racing series is open to any K-5 student in the Amherst Schools and is made possible by partnerships with Slimans Jeep, Parsons Insurance, The Brew Kettle, Hot Dog Heaven, Orthopaedic Associates, and the Lorain County Metro Parks.