STATE QUALIFIER: Hill leaves for National Trail in style

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times

The halls of Amherst Steele High School reverberated Friday with the sound of snares and trumpets as the Comets sent off star cross country runner Josh Hill to the state meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. A bashful Hill, who has led the Comets the entire season and finished second overall at regionals, waved to the hundreds of classmates who lined up to see him off. The Marching Comets played him out of the building, and fellow runners gathered outside for hugs and high-fives.