FALMOUTH -- Twenty-one high school athletes from throughout Massachusetts will compete in the Tommy Cochary High School Mile on Saturday, Aug. 18, in conjunction with the New Balance Falmouth Road Race the next day.
Highlighting the races will be the return of defending champions Grace Connolly of Natick and Mike Griffin of Wrentham.
The high school mile, which began in 2010, was renamed seven years ago in honor of Tommy Cochary, a young Falmouth runner who was killed in a drunk-driving accident in 1990.
Among those challenging Connolly in the girls' mile will be a pair of Midland-Wachusett League all-star runners, twin sisters Kaitlyn Roffman and Sarah Roffman of Littleton High School, both of whom return from 2017.
Sarah Roffman, whose 5:02.41 time for the mile ranks third in the state this season, finished fourth last year.
Also in the lineup will be Sarah Freeman of Central Catholic, Sarah Reichheld of Concord-Carlisle and and Gabriella Walsh of Carlisle (Middlesex School).
Coming in ranked fourth in the boys mile is Rishabh Prakash of Burlington High with a time of 4:16.64, which earned him third in the state finals.
Also competing will be Alex Ehrenthal of Concord-Carlisle.
Winners of both the boys' and girls' miles will have a grant of $2,500 awarded to their school in their name to be used in a way that implements change in athletics or wellness, such as new equipment, team uniforms, or after-school wellness activities.
All of the milers are involved in extra-curricular activities and public-service projects outside of athletics. For example, the Roffman sisters volunteer at the Celiac Support Group at Children's Hospital and mentor a recently diagnosed child.