Josh Gooch took honors as the top senior competitor and the Smith-Cotton Math Team took first place in Division 1 at Saturday’s Cole Camp Math Relays.

Gooch was first in the Calculus, Random Science, Trigonometry 11/12 and Algebra 12 categories; the S-C senior team of Gooch, Sydney Kocsis and Carter Lapine also took first place in Team Tests. The S-C junior team of Enoc Baeza, Ayla Dillon, Emma Honn and Tara Weng also finished first, and Honn was the top performer in the Probability/Statistics category. Other category wins for S-C came from Caroline Young in Random History, Saarah Baldinger in Geometry 10 and Derek Patton in Hodge Podge.

In the Team Tests, the S-C freshmen (Michylah Hawkins, Erika Hilario, Jade Parkhurst, Val Toderescu) took fourth, the sophomores (Baldinger, Valentyna Usyk, Nathan White, Katya Sheremet) were second and the Mixed Team (Patton, Young, Tyler Thompson, Edward Toderescu) was third.

The team is coached by math teachers Cheryl Ellison, Denise Sturm-Cobblah and Jennifer Crane. Ellison said: “While we had some fantastic results – lots of first through fifth place finishes – there were also a large number of sixth through 10th places, which count toward our school ranking, as well. It took the effort and concentration of our entire team to put us in first place, and I am incredibly proud of everybody.”

“Top five” placings for S-C:

Word Problems 9: Katya Sheremet, fifth

Word Problems 11: Honn, second; Young, fourth

Word Problems 12: Weng, fifth

Calculus: Gooch, first; Patton, third

Algebra 9: Valentyna Usyk, second

Algebra 10: White, fourth

Algebra 11: Young, third; Weng, fourth

Algebra 12: Gooch, first; Patton, fifth

Algebra Open: Edward Toderescu, second; Lapine, fourth; Sheremet, fifth

Geometry 9: Val Toderescu, second

Geometry 10: Baldinger, first

Analytic Geometry 11/12: Patton, second

Trigonometry 11/12: Gooch, first; Weng, second; Baeza, fifth

Probability/Statistics: Honn, first; Parkhurst, third

Hodge Podge: Patton, first

Random Science: Gooch, first; Edward Toderescu, fourth

Random History: Young, first; Dillion, third; Thompson, fifth

Timed Mental Math 9/10: Val Toderescu, fourth

Timed Mental Math 11/12: Weng, fourth

(Courtesy of Smith-Cotton High School)