~ CHEROKEE ALUMNI NEWS, 2020 - 2021 ~

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, 2020
Indoor Track, 2021
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Summer and Cross Country, 2020

The Summer and Fall of 2020, the year of the Coronavirus and its devastating affect on the nation . . . and, no small thing for us, its devastating affect on the Cross Country season! Supposedly, there's a "light at the end of the tunnel" but those of us old enough heard that one before! But we muddle on . . . !

All Cross Country teams are in a state of flux, some with no Fall programs, some with modified programs but all "waiting for the next shoe to drop!" For those who are training and occasionally racing, testing goes on and everyone hopes that no positive results turn-up. Early on, however, TCNJ canceled their Fall sports and left three of our Alums wondering what's next; and The Big Sky Conference with NAU postponed all Fall sports until the Spring! Really?! The rest seem to be going day-by-day!

-- On September 12, 2020, Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, competed in the Syracuse - USMA Dual Meet near West Point at the "Twin Ponds on the Farm" facility in Montgomery, NY. Ethan finished 15th overall while clocking a decent 23:38.2 (5:05 pace) on the 7.5K course! Ethan told Coach Shaklee that he was the second true Freshman (discounting "redshirt Freshmen") and that his training is coming along well! He's also fairly confident about the "very low" number of positive virus cases on campus, his three-times-a-week virus testing, and the overall cautious attitude on campus. Race details at: Direct Athletics. Pictures by John Nepolitan, Dyestat.

Ethan Wechsler at Army v Syracuse Ethan Wechsler at Army v Syracuse

-- On September 13, 2020, Alum Marc Pelerin '02 traveled to Vineland, NJ for the Running THE AVE 5K and finished 9th overall (2nd in his venerable age group) in 17:36 (5:41 pace). Results at: Run Signup.

-- On September 25, 2020, Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, competed in the virus-depleated Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown at the Coogan Cross Country Course in Attleboro, MA. With Syracuse racing against only USMA and Boston College, the team took 1st. Ethan finished the 8K course in 26.13.6 (5:17 pace) taking 20th overall/13th among Syracuse runners. For the record, this was Syracuse's 4th consecutive win at Beantown. Also, in previous years without the virus threat, more than 20 teams competed in the event. Results at: TFRRS.

-- On October 17, 2020, Alum Jack Shea '17 of Northern Arizona University, traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State Invitational, the first major meet allowed by their conference this Cross Country season! And "major" it was, featuring among the eight teams competing last year's National Champions, BYU, Jack's NAU, and the host team, Oklahoma State, three of the best in the country! NAU won the 8K race by 6 places over OSU and 23 over BYU! Jack had a rough outing, finishing 60th/96 overall in 26:00.9 (5:14 pace). Picture provided by NAU: anyone recognize Jack in the group?! Details at: TFRRS.

Jack at OSU Invite

Indoor Track, 2021

Just as the nation was wrecked by the Coronavirus, Cross Country, 2020 was wrecked, and no one really knows what will happen during the Indoor season. Here in early December, some programs are trying to continue but most are likely to wait until the vaccine is widely available. That should be by the Spring season. Despite the incredible negativity sweeping the nation, largely fostered by self-seeking and perverse politicians, try to stay positive!

[-- On November 20, 2020, Alum Tray Cabbagestalk '19 of the Indiana Institute of Technology, was scheduled to compete at the Turnstone Classic in Fort Wayne but he was a DNS in the Triple Jump. (Probably thought he was going to have to race on the Turnstone Center's 230m flat track and he hid!) Meet details at: TFRRS.]

-- On December 4, 2020, Alum Tyler Jackson '20 of The University of North Dakota, traveled 80 miles or so to North Dakota State University in Fargo for the Dakota Duals. Only two teams competed, the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University, and Tyler began his college track career by racing a liesurly Mile, finishing in 8th/8 overall in 4:40.63. GO TYLER! Details at: Fighting Hawks.

-- On January 15, 2021, after about 14 months of no competition, Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, competed in the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, VA. Ethan raced the 3K and finished 7th overall -- but 2nd among college competitors -- in 8:33.54! Also, he was 1st among Syracuse's five athletes in the race! GO ETHAN! Reuben Frank of NBC Sports and featured web writer for the South Jersey Track Coaches Association, reported on Ethan's race at SJTCA Web and his comments were saved on our server at Wechsler at VT. Official results at: TFRRS.

-- On January 16, 2021, again after a long hiatus, Alum Lucciano Pizarro '19 of Penn State University, competed in the Nittany Lion Opener at the Ashenfelter Track facility in University Park, PA. Essentially, the meet was a three-team event -- Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers -- and only PSU and Rutgers entered Pizarro's event, the Shot Put. Luch took 4th/7 overall, and 4th in the Penn State line-up, with a throw of 15.32m (50' 3.25")! Don't forget: the high school Shot is 12 lbs; the college Shot is 16 lbs! A HUGE difference! GO LUCH! Reuben Frank of NBC Sports and the SJTCA, reported on Luch's throw at SJTCA Web and his comments were saved on our server at Pizarro throws Shot PR. Details at: TFRRS

-- On January 23, 2021, Alum Lucciano Pizarro '19 of Penn State University, stayed at home for the Penn State Invite, a four-team competition involving Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State. Luch and his team threw the Shot against only Rutgers and Maryland, and he improved considerably over last week! In the 9-man competition, Luch finished 4th (behind two Maryland throwers and one from PSU) while throwing 16.42m (53' 10.50")! Another nice college PR! The picture is from the PSU website. Reuben Frank reported on Luch's throw at SJTCA Web and his comments were saved on our server at Pizarro tosses a 3-foot PR. Details at: PSU Sports.

Luch at PSU Invite

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