Leading off today:
A Geneseo 14-year-old was struck and killed by a car Thursday during a cross country team practice, school and law enforcement officials said.
Claire Allen, an accomplished road racer who had just started her freshman year, was running with a friend on Route 39 north of the school at about 4:20 p.m. according to Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. A statement from the school district called her "amazingly bright and energetic. She was an incredibly kind and gentle friend to her classmates."
Livingston County Sheriff's officers were continuing their investigation Friday. "It's too early to say, but I don't think anything will be suspicious," Dougherty said. "It looks like a horrible accident, but I want to stress that it's preliminary."
Allen was at least the fifth scholastic athlete to die in less than a month and the third whose life was taken in activities related to a sport. Previously:
•Sachem East football player Joshua Mileto, 16, died Aug. 10 when a heavy log being carried by several athletes during an offseason conditioning camp fell and struck him in the head.
•Waverly three-sport athlete Paul Girolamo, 16, was killed Aug. 19 in a one-car crash in Tioga County in Pennsylvania.
•Mount St. Michael football player Dominic Bess, 14, collapsed and died while running sprints on his second day of freshman practice Aug. 22.
•Akron senior football player Johnny Fiebelkorn, 17, a standout athlete who broke the school record for career wrestling victories last season, died Aug. 26 in a one-car crash in Alden.
Sobering perspective: The combined age of the five young athletes who've perished since Aug. 10 is 77 years. On average, the overall life expectancy for someone born in this country in 2015 is 78.8 years.
Like the others, Claire Allen had so much to look forward to in adulthood and had much to offer. Just last weekend, she'd placed fourth in the women's division of the nearby Oak Tree 5K road race in 21:41. In June 2016, Allen was profiled by the Livingston County News after having raised $600 for the Breast Cancer Coalition at the agency's annual road race.
Notice of lawsuit: Joshua Mileto's family has filed notice they intend to sue the Sachem Central School District and Sachem East Touchdown Club Inc. for $15 million in damages, Newsday reported. Attorney Jay Dankner said the family is seeking compensation for pain, suffering and death.
Mileto died after being struck on the head by a 400-pound log he and other players were carrying during a conditioning workout the week before the official start of football practice. Dankner says such training was inappropriate and unsafe for high school players.
A spokeswoman told the newspaper the district doesn't comment on pending litigation. Club officials, who operated the preseason camp, didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
• Mileto's No. 5 jersey will be retired during a ceremony at Sachem East at noon Saturday, two hours before the season-opening kickoff against Lindenhurst.
Girls soccer: Annie Coogan scored in the first half and the goal stood up as Calhoun defeated Massapequa 1-0 on