UTICA – Four local runners who are set to graduate from high school soon were awarded scholarships by the Boilermaker Road Race on Wednesday.
At the Boilermaker Scholarship Breakfast, Hali Ielfield from South Lewis High School and Andrew Ford from Clinton High School were both awarded scholarships for Outstanding Achievement in Distance Running. Cheyenne Shoemaker from Holland Patent High School and Ryan Brooks from New Hartford High School were awarded scholarships for Outstanding Commitment to Distance Running.
Each of the scholarships are worth $1,500, and the recipients also receive a free Boilermaker race registration and they’ll be seeded within the elite running corral.
The scholarships are named for Ted Petrillo, a longtime Boilermaker volunteer who died in 2017 and was a recipient of the Peter DeStefano Volunteer of the Year Award.
Here is some more information about each of this year’s award recipients, courtesy of the Boilermaker Road Race:
Hali Ielfield – South Lewis High School
- All New York State in Cross Country, 2017, 2016
- Placed 5th in NYSPHSAA Cross Country Meet and 3rd in 1500 Track Championship
- 6 Section III Individual Championships in Cross Country and Track
- Holds 10 school records and four relay team school records
- Will attend Manhattan College
Andrew Ford – Clinton High School
- Section III Champion 1000 M (Indoor), 3200 M (Indoor), 3200 M
- CSC Champion 800 M
- CSC Track and Field MVP
- Participated in 2 NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championship Meets
- Will attend St. John Fisher College
Cheyenne Shoemaker – Holland Patent High School
- CSC A-Star in Cross Country
- Three-time NYS Scholar Athlete
- Was Cross Country team manager in Grade 6 and has participated in Cross Country since Grade 7
- Has run the Boilermaker 15K (PR 1:30:41) and Boilermaker 5K (PR 23:51)
- Will attend St. Lawrence University
Ryan Brooks – New Hartford High School
- TVL Honorable Mention Cross Country All Star
- TVL Championship Cross Country 8th Place
- Most Improved – New Hartford Cross Country
- Coach Bob Byrd considered Ryan the “best captain I have ever coached”
- Will attend Loyola College