High school track and field: Amherst’s Josh Hill and Taylor Hooks put injuries behind them, make their final SWC meet one to remember; Avon girls win 3rd straight tiTle, Amherst boys win 2nd

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    Amherst’s Taylor Hooks wins the 100-meter dash ahead of Avon’s Elizabeth Flynn and Berea’s Shura Ermakov at the Southwestern Conference championships at Amherst High School. Hooks also won the 200 while Flynn helped the Eagles win their third straight team title. JESSE GRABOWSKI / CHRONICLE


AMHERST — Josh Hill and Taylor Hooks closed their Southwestern Conference careers in style.

The Amherst seniors, who both have battled injuries, gave the home crowd plenty to cheer Friday as they combined for five wins at the league meet at Amherst High School.

Hill, who endured a five-month recovery from a knee injury, won the 1,600-meter run in 4:22.43 and the 3,200 in 9:33.40.

Hooks, who missed most of her junior season with a leg injury, won the 100 (12.31) and 200 (25.52) dashes and also anchored the winning 4×100 relay (50.24).

“It’s very special to finish my senior year kind of back on top in the conference,” Hill said. “I trained really hard for this so I’m really proud of what I’ve overcome to get back here.”

“It was really tough to sit out last season and not be able to help my team,” Hooks said. “I really appreciate being back this year and finishing on a good note.”

Hill led the Comet boys to 113 points and the team title for the second straight year.

Berea-Midpark had 102 points for second place.

Avon scored 142.5 points to dominate the girls competition for the third year in a row.

“We know championship season is the time to be at our best and we took care of the details to do so,” Amherst coach Rob Glatz said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of this team.”

Senior Elizabeth Flynn and sophomore Molly Radcliffe led the Avon girls. Flynn took first in the 400 with a time of 58.57, anchored the winning 4×200 relay and also finished second in the long jump at 16-10.

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