~ CHEROKEE ALUMNI NEWS, 2019 - 2020 ~





This page provides updates on the running/field accomplishments of our athletes who have graduated from Cherokee High School. Please send additional Alumni information to Coach Shaklee.







Seasons

The seasons follow in chronological order. Click on the desired season or on the "most recent entry:"

Summer and Cross Country, 2019
Indoor, 2020
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Summer and Cross Country, 2019


-- On July 4, 2019, eleven our Alums continued a tradition at the unofficial alumni run/reunion at the Marlton Mayor's Cup 5K. To review, the event has become something of a Cherokee event as Chiefs have won the race eight times over its eleven year history: Marc Pelerin '02 in 2009; Kevin Schickling '08 in 2010; Ty Somers '11 in 2011; Shawn Wilson '13 in 2012, 2014 and 2015; Matt Mueller '02 in 2016, and Jack Shea '17 in 2019! In 2011, an impressive record was set by James Gathoga of Toms River (15:34) but Cherokee's Shawn Wilson has the second-fastest time of 15:56 set in 2014! This year, a slightly altered but new course was created and Jack Shea set the new record for the course of 16:01! This year, only one of our "Alumni Regulars" appeared, Matt Mueller '02! We saw Mike Candy '05 before the race but not in it; and neither Evan Stone '05 nor Marc Pelerin '00 showed; and where was Shawn Wilson '13? We looked forward to Drew Vascidy '12, now a teacher and coach at Cherokee, but he too was a "no show!" And yeah, we know, Coach Shaklee and Coach Thompson were "way too busy" . . . but, really, Shaklee's European adventure and Thompson's Homemoon were that special?!

Anyway, Cherokee Alums were still well represented as they took five of the top seven places in the race (two went to current Cherokee runners!), including the 1st Place record-setting (new course) race by Jack Shea '17! In addition to Jack, our Alums included 2nd place finisher, Brandon Marks '18; followed by Mike Iannotta '17 in 4th; Matt Smith '18 in 5th; Matt Mueller '02 in 7th; Mike Zurzolo '17 in 12th; Chris Zurzolo '17 in 25th; Joey Thompson '17 in 37th; Brendan Falzone '17 in 105th; and Matt Powell '17 in 109th; and Mike Candy '05, apparently running with his son, in 373!

Yeah, we probably missed someone but maybe next time they'll stop by and say "hello!"

Just for grins, kinda "Blast from the Past" race-start picture found on the main page of the race's website. Our photographer identified Marc Pelerin '02, Coach Shaklee '73, Matt McCarroll '09, Evan Stone '09, Mike Malloy '09, and that may be a young Shawn Wilson '13 to Coach Shaklee's left. Probably 2009.


Marlton 5K Start, 2009


The 2019 race details at: SJ Timing. Also, there's a YouTube Video! Simple click the video link at the top left of the results page or go to: YouTube.


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-- On August 23, 2019, Alum Matt Smith '18 of The College of New Jersey competed in the team's annual 5K time trial and he finished 17th overall in 16:41, a slight PR. He reported to Coach Shaklee that it was evenly run and "probably the easiest a 5K has ever felt."

-- On August 31, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, opened his season at home in the 5-team Stony Brook University Cross Country Season Opener! Justin competed in the 6K race, finishing in 18:51 (5:04 pace) and taking 6th place! His team easily won the meet! Details at: TFRRS.

-- On August 31, 2019, Alums Mike Zurzolo '17, Mike Iannotta '18 and Matt Smith '18 all of TCNJ, raced in what is essentially TCNJ's annual time-trial (that also included Georgian Court) called the Blue/Gold Invitational! Mike Z finished the 4K course in 14th, clocking 13.23 (5:23 pace); Mike I finished in 21st, clocking 13:44 (5:32); and Matt finished in 22nd, clocking 13:51 (5:35)! Details at: TCNJ Athletics

-- On September 7, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, stayed at home again for the Stony Brook University Wolfie Cross Country Invitational! Justin competed in the 6-team 8K championship race, finishing in 5th place while clocking 25:58 (5:14 pace). His team easily won the event! The pictures below came from the Stony Brook website: the first taken elsewhere on August 31, 2019; the second taken at this event. Details at: Stony Brook.


Kelly at Season Opener

Kelly at Wolfie


-- On September 7, 2019, Alum Jack Shea '17 of Northern Arizona University, opened his 2019 season in the 39th Annual George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park, Flagstaff, Arizona! Typically, this is a low-key "rust-buster" but this year was unusual because, besides the usual lollypop teams, one of the top distance teams in Japan, Tokai University, joined the competition! The Japanese were in Flagstaff for a month to train at altitude and they developed a working relationship with NAU. Their participation evolved out of this relationship with NAU. Now, everyone had to step-up to address this challenge! The final score showed NAU with 25 points followed by Tokai with 30. It was as hard as the score suggests! Jack raced the 4.5 mile course in 23:30 (5:13 pace), finishing in 18th overall! The pictures are from NAU. Official results at: WingFoot. LetsRun provided a great story on the event: HERE, and FloTrack has a very cool "Workout Wednesday" video featuring NAU that includes Jack!: FloTrack.


Early on in race

Early on in race

NAU and Japan Teams

Whoever runs NAU's Cross Country and Track "communications department" is a genius! Skim through their Twitter account and you'll appreciate the time spent showing "what a crappy place" ( ! ) NAU and Arizona are to live and train! For example, check out this team picture taken while at the Grand Canyon for training! Ho-hum.


NAU at Grand Canyon


-- On September 13, 2019, Alums Mike Zurzolo '17, Mike Iannotta '18 and Matt Smith '18 all of TCNJ, stayed at home for the TCNJ Cross Country Invitational, a 4-team, 6K event at Green Lane Fields. Mike Zurzolo placed 8th in 19.16 (5:10 pace); Matt Smith placed 21st in 20.07 (5:24); and Mike Iannotta placed 23rd in 20:26 (5:29 pace). Details at: TCNJ.

-- On September 14, 2019, Alum Joe Halin '00 was inducted into the Cherokee Athletic Hall of Fame as a significant figure on the Track and Cross Country teams! Joe played a major role in Cherokee's three-year winning streak as the Group IV State Champions, including, in his senior year, he became the individual Group IV Cross Country Champion! Joe is a well-known Cherokee graduate who set records at Applachian State University and continued to race well after his college graduation! Joe coached a few years at Moorestown High School before taking a full-time job at the Moorestown Running Company, and then, after marrying and having children, changed his career to nursing. Congratulations, Joe! The pictures on the site weren't great "back-in-the-day" but, if you go back over the Alums Pages in the first years of this website, you'll see Joe's name mentioned often! Coach Shaklee made the introduction at the event and his remarks are HERE! This picture from the Cherokee website shows Joe third from the left at the event.


Joe Halin at Cherokee HOF


-- On September 17, 2019, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its latest National Coaches' Poll and the Northern Arizona University XC team remained in the top spot in the Division I rankings for the 23rd consecutive week! NAU's Twitter page made the announcement accompanied by yet another picture featuring Jack! Really! Who's their photographer, Jack's aunt?


Jack racing


-- On September 20, 2019, TCNJ posted their 2019 Men's Team Photo and two of our athletes are missing! Nick Falk is at TCNJ but is not out for the team this year so that's at least understandable but Mike Iannotta is out for the team and is MIA! Always bad to be listed as "not pictured" on the team picture!


TCNJ Team Picture

-- On September 21, 2019, Alum Brandon Marks '18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) opened his 2019 season at the Fred Pavlich Invitational hosted by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Brandon finished 3rd in the 8K race, clocking a big PR of 26.25.7 (pace 5:19)! His team won the 12-team race. Details at: Fulton Timing.


Brandon Marks at Fred Pavlich


-- On September 21, 2019, Alum Jack Shea '17 of Northern Arizona University, traveled to Terra Haute, Indiana for the 2019 John McNichols Invitational. Jack finished 33rd/269 overall, 7th man on the 10-man team NAU entered, clocking 25:12.1 (5:04 pace). His team won the 21-team competition! Details at: Timing MD.

-- On September 21, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to Franklin Park in Boston for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. Justin finished in 85th/192 overall, in 25:52 (5:13 pace). His team took 3rd in the 21-team competition. TFRRS

-- On September 21, 2019, Alums Mike Iannotta '18 and Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ, traveled to Stockton University for the Osprey Open. Mike raced the 8K course in a PR 28.12.4 (pace 5:41) and finished 61st/210, while Matt completed the course in a PR 28.22.4 (pace 5:43) and finished 64th/210. The team placed 6th/21 teams. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 13, 2019, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to the Mike Woods Invitational at SUNY Geneseo. Mike raced the 8K in 28:45.8 (5:48 pace) to finish 122nd/314. His team finished 4th out of 24 teams. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On October 5, 2019, Alum Brandon Marks '18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) traveled to Kentucky for the Louisville Classic, an opportunity for the team to race the upcoming DIV III Nat's, where he raced the 8K Blue Race in 25:50 (5:12 pace) and finished 64th/516 overall. Details at: Record Timing.

-- On October 5, 2019, Alums Mike Iannotta '18 and Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ, traveled to the Technology XC Challenge at Branch Brook Park in Newark. Mike raced the 8K course in 27:36 (5:33 pace), finishing 59th/276 overall; and Matt clocked 28:53 (5:49 pace), finishing 103rd. Details at: TCNJ.

-- On October 5, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, apparently didn't race with his team at the Paul Short but he appeared in the picture the university website attached to their story. Next he'll be shown in the 2019 World Cross Country Championships! GO JUSTIN!


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-- On October 12, 2019, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to the Hoffman Cross Country Invitational at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. (BTW, Regionals will be run at this course.) Mike raced the 8K in 27.19.9 (pace 5:28) and finished in 79th/277 overall. Details at: RPI Athletics.

-- On September 18, 2019, Alum Jack Shea '17 of Northern Arizona University, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin for the Nuttycombe Invitational. Jack raced in the B 8000m race, finishing 33rd/103 overall in 25.12.6 (pace 5:04). His team won both the B and the A races, the 4th time in a row for the A squad! In case you haven't noticed, the team is scary good! Pictures grabbed from NAU sources. Details at: FloTrack.


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-- On October 19, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to the Princeton CC Invitational at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, NJ. Justin's team won the event while Justin finished in 66th/240 overall, 10th on his team, in 25.14.9 (5:05 pace). Details at: TFRRS.

-- On October 19, 2019, Alum Brandon Marks '18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) traveled to the Connecticut College XC Invitational at Harkness State Park in Waterford, CT. Brandon raced the 8K in 26:22 (5:19 pace) and finished 124th/427 overall. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On October 19, 2019, Alums Mike Iannotta '18 and Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ, traveled to the St. Joseph's College XC Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park, King's Park, NY. The race distance was an odd one: 4.97 miles. Mike covered the course in 29:25.7 (5:56 pace), finishing in 34th, while Matt did the same in 29:41.1 (5:59 pace), finishing in 39th. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On October 25, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to the 17th Annual Central Connecuticut Mini-Meet at the Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. Justin finished this unusual 5K race in 7th/95 overall, clocking 15.05.8 (4:52 pace). Details at: CCSU.

-- On November 2, 2019, Alum Jack Shea '17 of Northern Arizona University, traveled to a freezing cold and snowy Boomerang Golf Course in Greeley, Colorado for the 11-team, 8K Big Sky Conference XC Championships, where his team won their 4th straight (and 29th overall) conference title! Jack took 5th on his team, 12th/84 overall in 27:26.6 (5:32 pace). For Northern Arizona, times were unimportant. As Coach Michael Smith said, "The true nature of cross country is this kind of racing in brutal conditions. This is what the purity of the sport is. We take times and throw them out the window and teach our runners to compete with each other and against themselves." Picture from NAU Twitter. Details at: TFRRS.


Jack at Conference


-- On November 2, 2019, Alums Mike Zurzolo '17, Matt Smith '18 and Mike Iannotta '18 of TCNJ, traveled to Stockton University in Galloway for the 7-team, 8K NJAC Conference Cross Country Championships. TCNJ took 3rd in the team scoring behind Ramapo and Rowan. Mike Zurpolo took 7th on his team, finishing in 22nd/104 overall in 26:00.7 (5:13 pace); Matt finished in 57th in 27:41.1 (5:33 pace); and Mike Iannotta finished in 61st in 27:47.6 (5:34 pace). Details at: RunnerSpace

-- On November 2, 2019, Alum Brandon Marks '18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) traveled to the Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, in New York State for the 9-team, 8K Liberty League Cross Country Championship. Brandon's team won the event, while Brandon finsihed in 33rd/115 overall in 27:06.4 (5:28 pace). Team picture is from the RPI website and it appears they should be the Lumberjacks and not the Engineers! Details at: TFRRS.

Brandon Marks at Conference

-- On November 16, 2019, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY (where, you ask? It's conveniently located in the US northeast of Lake Ontario!) for the snowy and cold NCAA DIV III Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships. Mike finished the 8K race in 62nd/300 overall, 4th on his team, clocking 26:28.9 (pace 5:20). His team finished 7th out of 42 teams. In passing, Alum Brandon Marks' '18 team, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), competed in the same race, finished 2nd and advanced to Nats! Brandon, himself, did not race but he cleverly made it to the awards stage! Details at: TCNJ Athletics.


Brandon Marks at Regionals



Indoor, 2020


-- On December 6, 2019, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to the Fastrack Season Opener at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staton Island, NY. Apparently, the coach hates him because he gave him the 5K to open his Indoor Season but Justin is listed as DNF so we'll have to do some research here! Details at: Ocean Breeze

-- On December 6, 2019, Alum Tyler Ortiz '19 of UNC Ashville, competed in many events at his first college meet (Baptism by fire?!) at the Appalachian State Open in Boone, NC! In the Long Jump, Ty cleared 5.69m (18' 8") and finished 13th/13 overall; in the 55m HH, he clocked 9.52 and finished 9th/11 overall; in the 300m Dash, he clocked 38.91 and finished 22nd/25 overall; and in the 4 X 300m Relay, Ty is listed in one place as being on the "D" team that clocked 2:33.06, 9th/11 overall, but his name does not appear on the official results. Whatever, it was a jam-packed initiation! GO TY! Details at: Sidearm.

-- On December 7, 2019, Alum Daulton Hopkins '16 of TCNJ, competed in the TCNJ Indoor Open at the New Balance T & F Center in New York City. Daulton competed in the 60m Dash, finishing 13th/23 overall in 7.31, and the 300m Dash, finishing 27th/43 overall in 39.03. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On December 14, 2019, Alum Lucciano Pizarro '19 of Penn State University, stayed at home and competed in the Blue & White Intrasquad Meet, his first appearance in a college event! Luch put the college Shot a decent 15.08m (49' 5.7") and finished a close 5th/5 overall! GO LUCH! Go PSU Sports. Lifted this mugshot from PSU to show how much he has changed . . . yeah, not a bit!


Luch Pizarro


-- On December 14, 2019, Alum Tray Cabbagestalk '19 of the Indiana Institute of Technology, took a short trip to the near-by Turnstone Athletic Center for the Strive for Greatness Invitational. Tray competed (unattached) in the Triple Jump where he cleared 12.81m (42' 0.3") and finished 6th/10 overall. Details at: TFRRS. Another mugshot just to show we have the right guy!

Tray Cabbagestalk


-- On January 5, 2020, the Burlington County Track Coaches Association announced the Burlington County All-Decade Cross Country Team that included a few of Cherokee's finest! First and foremost is Shawn Wilson '13 selected as the Runner of the Decade, followed by Justin Kelly '18, Jack Shea '17, and Ethan Wechsler '20! Others on the team included Austin Gabay '20 and Mike Ungvarsky '17 of Cinnaminson; and Connor Herr '12 of Shawnee.

-- On January 10, 2020, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to the Fordham University's Lombardi Center Field House in New York City for the Robert Elkin Invitational. Justin raced the Mile on a 200m flat track, taking 5th/12 overall in 4:28.02. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On January 10, 2020, Alum Tyler Ortiz '19 of UNC Ashville, again competed in five events at his second college meet at the East Tennessee State Track and Field Invitational in Johnson City, TN! In the Long Jump, Ty cleared 5.22m (17' 1.5") and finished 17th/22 overall). He competed in four running events! In the Open 400m Dash, he clocked 54.91 and finished 41st/47 overall; in the 60m HH, he crossed the line in 9.93 and finished 19th/19 overall; in the 200m Dash, he clocked 24.42 and finished 62nd/73 overall; and in the D-team 4 X 400m Relay, the team clocked 3:36.59 and finished 16th/17 overall. Apparently, Ty didn't mention to his coach that he ran XC in high school or he would have been in the Mile and 3K! Details at: TFRRS.

-- On January 11, 2020, Alums Daulton Hopkins '16 and Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, returned to the Armory, New Balance T & F Center for the 2020 TCNJ Lions Indoor Invitational. Daulton raced the 60m Dash, clocking 7.32 and finishing 10th/21 overall. Mike raced the Mile in 4:21.30 and finished 4th/31 overall. He also raced the second leg of the 4 X 800m Relay that finished 5th/18 in 8:09.63. Picture of Mike from TCNJ website, probably a file photo because the last time we saw him he was bearded! Details at: TFRRS.


Mike Zurzolo at Armory



-- On January 17, 2020, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to the New Balance T & F Center in NY City for the Ramapo College Indoor Opener. Mike took 2nd in the 3K -- close behind his teammate, former Cherry Hill West's Robert Abrams -- crossing the line in 8:44.66 (4:42 pace). Details at: TFRRS.

-- On January 18, 2020, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), traveled to the Hutton Sports Center at Utica College for the Utica College Invitational. Brandon raced the Mile in 4:32.59, finishing in 18th/47 overall. The Mile looked like a workout for RPI as there were 12 from RPI in the event, with the winner in 4:15.96 and then 8 ahead of Brandon in the 4:20's. Details at: Leone Timing.

-- On January 18, 2020, Alum Tray Cabbagestalk '19 of the Indiana Institute of Technology, traveled all of 4 miles to the Lutheran Health Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Mastodon Invitational, hosted by Purdue University, Ft Wayne. Tray competed in the Triple Jump where he cleared 12.33m (10' 5") and finished 5th/5 overall. FYI, Tray's career will be difficult to follow because, so far, he is listed on results sheets as "Tramil Cabbagestalk" and "Trey Cabbagestalk", which we can handle but this week he was listed as "Tray Cablestalk." Search engines get confused, not to mention searchers! Details at: Indiana Tech.

-- On January 18, 2020, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in New York City for the Penn 8 - Team Select. Justin raced the 1600m in a PR 4:20.82, finishing 18th/37 overall. Details at: Sidearm Sports.

-- On January 24, 2020, Alum Tyler Ortiz '19 of UNC Ashville, got a rest this week and competed in "only" four events at the Marshall Thundering Herd Invitational in Huntington, WV! In the 60m Hurdles, he clocked 9.99, finishing 10th/11 overall; in the Long Jump, he cleared 5.03m (16' 6"), finishing 12th/12 overall; in the Shot Put ( ! ), he threw 8.78m (28' 9.75"), finishing 12th/15 overall; and in the High Jump, he NH'd at 1.68m (5' 6"). Details at: TFRRS.

-- On January 25, 2020, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), traveled to the New Balance Foundation Track at Middlebury College for the Middlebury Invitational. Brandon raced the 1600m in 4:32.14, finishing 9th/36 overall. Again, the 1600m looked like a workout for the RPI team as 14 of the 36 competitors were "Engineers!" Details at: RPI Athletics.

-- On January 25, 2020, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, traveled to the Boston University Track Center for the John Thomas Terrier Classic. Justin competed in the 3K, clocking 8:34.72 and finishing 69th/153 overall. Details at: Lancer Timing.

-- On January 25, 2020, Alums Daulton Hopkins '16 and Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA for the Coach I Open. Daulton competed in the 60m Dash, clocking 7.38 and finishing 9th/50 overall; and the 200m Dash, clocking 23.71 and finishing 9th/46 overall. Mike competed in the Mile, clocking 4:25.30 and finishing 2nd/53 overall. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On January 30, 2020, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Stony Brook University, was scheduled to compete at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Center in the METS Indoor Track and Field Championships but he DNS. Results at: TFRRS.

-- On January 31, 2020, Alums Daulton Hopkins '16, Mike Iannotta '18 and Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to near-by Lawrenceville School for the TCNJ vs Stockton Dual Meet. Daulton competed in three events. In the 55m Dash, he clocked 6.78 and finished 2nd/8 overall; in the 200m Dash, he clocked 23.84 and finished 2nd/6 overall; and in the 4 X 200m Relay, where he led-off, his team clocked 1:36.31 and finished 3rd/4 overall. Mike Iannotta competed in two events. In the 800m Dash, Mike crossed the line in 2:07.61 and finished 9th/10 overall; and in the 4 X 800m Relay, with Mike on the 2nd leg, his B-team clocked 8:27.20 and finished 2nd/3 overall. Finally, Mike Zurzolo raced the 3K in 8:58.04 and finished in 1st/11 overall. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On January 31, 2020, Alum Tyler Ortiz '19 of UNC Ashville, was entered in every event -- well, it looks that way! -- at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational at East Tennessee State in Johnson City. TN OK, only six events! . . . maybe someone should call DYFS?! Tyler competed in the 60m Hurdles and finished 28th/32 in 10.30; in the 200m Dash, he was listed as DNS; in the 800m Dash, he finished 61st/73 in 2:12.37; in the 4 X 400m Relay, his team finished 11th/17 teams in 3:30.57; in the Long Jump, he cleared 5.92m (19' 5.25") and finished 28th/40; and in the High Jump, he NH'd with the bar at 5' 10.75"). After that, he rested! Details at: TFRRS.

-- On February 1, 2020, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), traveled to the Utica, NY for the Utica College Pioneer Open. Brandon raced the 3K in 9:01.40 (life-time PR!) and finished 12th/39 overall. Another RPI mob scene with 14 teammates in the race and quite a few finishing before Brandon. Ya think these guys focus on distance?! Details at: RPI Athletics.

-- On February 2, 2020, Alum Tray Cabbagestalk '19 of the Indiana Institute of Technology, traveled to Allendale, MI for the Grand Valley State University Mike Lints Alumni Open. Tray competed in the Triple Jump, clearing 12.57m (41' 03") and taking 6th/7 overall. Details at: Indiana Tech Warriors.

-- On February 8, 2020, Alum Mike Iannotta '18 of TCNJ, traveled to Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA for the Frank Colton Invitational. Mike competed in the Open 800m Dash where he finished 29th/56 overall in 2:10.80; and the 4 X 800m Relay where his team finished 4th/13 overall in 8:29.29. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On February 8, 2020, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), returned to Utica, NY for the Utica College Blue and Orange Invitational where he competed in the 3K, finishing 7th/39 overall in a PR 8:54.75. Details at: Sidearm.

-- On February 14, 2020, Alum Tyler Ortiz '19 of UNC Ashville, took the weekend off . . . well, sort of, he traveled to the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA for the VMI Indoor Classic where he competed in only two events! In the 60m Hurdles, Ty finished 45th/49 overall in 10.40; and in the Long Jump, he finished 43rd/50 overall in 5.46m (17' 11.75"). Details at: TFRRS.

-- On February 14, 2020, Alum Daulton Hopkins '16 of TCNJ, competed at BU's David Hemery Valentine Invitational in the 60m and 200m Dashes. In the 60m, Daulton clocked 7.43, finishing in 62nd/79 overall; and in the 200m, he clocked 23.51, finishing in 190th/231 overall. Ever notice how significant 1 second is in a sprint race? Just drop 1 second off Daulton's time and he finishes over 100 places better than he did. Amazing, ain't it? Details at: Lancer Timing.

-- On February 15, 2020, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to Boston University for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Mike competed in the 3K and clocked a huge PR of 8:31.87! Former BCT Sport Reporter Reuben Frank, now with NBC Sports Philadelphia, and writing in his South Jersey Track Coaches Association's blog, From the Backstretch, said that Mike had an outstanding race! His article is also available on our server at Cherokee grad Mike Zurzolo runs TCNJ's fastest 3,000 in 13 years at Boston University!!!!!. Details at: Lancer Timing.

-- On February 15, 2020, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is listed on the indexed results for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University. The index reports that he completed the 5K in a PR 15:39.41 but the race results report skips five finishers between 15:38.52 and 15:46.36. Hurumph! See Lancer Timing.

-- On February 25, 2020, Alums Mike Zurzolo '17 and Daulton Hopkins '16 of TCNJ, traveled to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex for the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships and both did well! Mike posted a huge PR of 4:18.88 to take 3rd/16 overall; then he returned in the 3K and took 6th/13 overall in 9:02.13! Daulton raced the 60m Dash in 7.39, finishing 17th/27 overall, but then led-off the 4 X 200m Relay that finished 4th/10 in 1:33.99! Details at: TFRRS.

-- On February 28, 2020, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), traveled to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for the Liberty League Indoor Track and Field Championship. Brandon competed in the 3K, finishing 14th/21 overall in 8:59.04, fast enough to qualify for the upcoming ECAC DIV III Championships. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On February 28, 2020, Alum Tyler Ortiz '19 of UNC Ashville, traveled to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA for the Big South Track and Field Championships. Ty competed in the Heptathalon and I that explains his many events in previous outings! Overall, he finished 9th out of 12 with a score of 3,787. The link below lists all the events on the same page but it's interesting to note that Ty's best showing was the 2nd/12 overall in the 1K race! Must have been that XC training at Cherokee! : < ) Details at: TFRRS.

-- On February 29, 2020, Alum Daulton Hopkins '16 of TCNJ, traveled to The Armory in NY City for the Armory Leap Year Invitational. Daulton competed in the 60m Dash where he finished 19th/26 overall in 7.44; and the 200m Dash where he finished 13th/34 overall in 23:29. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On March 6, 2020, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 of TCNJ, traveled to Nazareth College in Rochester, NY for the All-Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships where he competed exceptionally well in the 3K! Mike Mike finished 3rd in the event while clocking 8:31.21, another PR! Details at: TCNJ.








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