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.
The seasons follow in chronological order. Click on the desired season or on the "most recent entry:"Summer and Cross Country, 2019
-- On July 4, 2017, 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 '00 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 '00, Coach Shaklee '73, Matt McCarroll '09, Evan Stone '09, Mike Malloy '09, and that may be a young Shawn Wilson to Coach Shaklee's left. Probably 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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