Despite the cold and rain, the Amherst Junior High cross country teams stayed mentally tough and had another great meet Saturday at the Vermilion Invitational.
Marissa Anaya led the girls, improving her time and finishing 21st of 99 runners.
Other scorers for the girls were Kaylee Haff, Hannah Aschemeir, Megan Sayre, and Holly Eliopoulos. The girls placed seventh out of 14 teams.
For the boys, Matthew Kirsch ran behind the leader until the second mile. Coming out of the woods, he passed the leading runner and never looked back. He increased his lead to more than 10 seconds by the finish and took first place of 113 runners.
Nearing the finish, Westlake looked strong but Ethan Barnes and Ethan London out-kicked some of their runners in the final stretch.
Gabe DelValle and Brent Baumgartner also scored for the Comets.
In the final scoring, Amherst beat Westlake by two points and earned first place out of 16 teams.
In the open race, Forest Hampton finished eighth of 118 runners and Andrew Phillips had the biggest improvement of the day, dropping over a minute from his previous best time.