Churchville-Chili High School runner Peter Kostarellis has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the University of Memphis NCAA Division I Tigers cross country/track program. Kostarellis competed in three varsity sports as a Churchville-Chili Saint — cross country, indoor track and outdoor track — throughout his high school career, earning First Team All-Greater Rochester in each of them. He also earned scholar athlete status, maintaining a GPA over 90 during all four years.
In 2018, Kostarellis competed against a field of the country’s top runners at the Hershey Youth Championship, winning the two-mile. He holds NYS Sectional titles for the 1000 meters and 1600 meters, and has qualified for state championship meets in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. The talented senior holds school records for indoor track 600 meters, 1000 meters, 4 x 800 relay and distance medley. In outdoor track, he currently holds the record for 1600 meters. With the new season still in front of him, he has plans to break a few more records as a Saint.
“Peter has worked extremely hard throughout his high school career to become the best athlete he can be,” said Athletic Director Michael Murray. “If he is not running, he can be found in the weight room working on his overall strength and conditioning. He is a role model to others, as being an exceptional athlete and person. We will greatly miss him, but know that he will be successful in his future endeavors.”
Coach Paul Glor remembers that Kostarellis has been winning since he was in eighth grade. “He won every race he competed in that year, including all five league meets for cross country, as well as the McQuaid Invitational and Monroe County Championship.”
“He is one of the fastest runners our school has ever had.”
Kostarellis plans to study finance at UofM. He has been an active member of Churchville-Chili High School’s Business Honor Society and National Honor Society and volunteers for his church.
“Peter is a great runner and an even better person,” said Glor. “He is driven and always tries to improve. This passion should take him a long way with his running.”
With 400 student-athletes competing in 19 different intercollegiate sports, the University of Memphis in Tennessee is a charter member of the American Athletic Conference and its athletic programs compete at the highest level as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institution.
Photo: Kostarellis and parents Kathy and Spiro Kostarellis with Athletic Director Michael Murray (left, rear) and coaching staff members (l-r) Dennis Pynn, Chris Memelo and Paul Glor.