~ CHEROKEE ALUMNI NEWS, 2021 - 2022 ~

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, 2021
Indoor Track, 2022
Spring Track, 2022
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Summer and Cross Country, 2021

Last Fall, the Coronavirus (and the political debates associated with it) ripped the heart out of the nation . . . and, no small thing for us, ruined the Fall Cross Country season and disrupted Track schedules throughout the Winter and Spring Track seasons! This year seems to be different and, at this point, it looks like we'll have a "normal" year of Cross Country and Track competition! So, let's get it going!

-- On July 3, 2021, with the traditional Marlton Mayor's Cup 5K canceled for a second year -- come on, guys! -- five of our Alums went over to Haddon Heights for their traditional holiday race, the Haddon Heights FireCracker 5K, and several left a lasting impression! Alum Jack Shea '17, recent graduate of Northern Arizona University and now "training" on the beaches of Cape May, won the race in 15:09 (4:54 pace)! Behind him, Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, took 3rd in the race, crossing the line in 15:32 (5:01 pace). Both are in excellent shape and no one was surprised by their races but, behind Ethan, however, came a happy surprise: Alum Marc Pelerin '02, teacher at Cinnaminson Middle School and ancient by most standards, took an impressive 8th overall, crossing the line in 17:32 (5:40 pace)! GO MARC! Two other Alums completed the race but in a more leisurely fashion: Alum Chase Miller '19 of TCNJ, finished in 27th, clocking 19:34 (6:19 pace); and Alum Brendan Falzone '17, recent graduate of St. Joseph's University, finished in 117th, clocking 25:04 (8:05 pace). Recent graduate from TCNJ, Alum Mike Zurzolo '17 and new Cherokee Alum Brett Shea '21 were seen on the sideline in the finish line video but did not compete. Picture below provided by a parent onlooker. Complete results including individual videotapes of their finishes at: Run Signup.

Ethan, Pelly, Chase at HH5K

-- In mid-August, 2021, one of our readers sent this outstanding publicity pic of Cherokee Alum Lucciano Pizarro '19 of Penn State University! I know your first thought is, "he's not just another pretty face" but my thought was, "he makes the kid next to him look like a cross country runner!" Whadda ya think?

Pizarro in publicity pic

-- During the week of August 15, 2021, RunningWorks at Camp Canadensis profited greatly from the outstanding performances of college-age counselors and not the least of whom were Alums Chase Miller '19 of TCNJ and Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University! Both guys received generous reviews from camp administrators, fellow counselors and their own athletes throughout the week! Thanks guys!

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-- On September 2, 2021, Alum Mike Gavio '19 of Bloomsburg University, opened his season at Mansfield University in the 5K Mansfield Dual! Mike took 3rd in the race behind two of his teammates in 16:36 (5:21 pace), a PR for him! Interestingly, Mansfield's website titles their article on the meet, "Young Mounties Shine in Season Opener," a HUGE overstatement! Mike's team took the first 7 places and then took 11 of the first 12 places! Yikes! GO MIKE! Alum Matt Campbell '19, also of Bloomsburg, did not race. Picture, not from this race (Matt's in it!), found on BU website. Details at: BU Huskies.

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-- On September 3, 2021, Alum Nico Grilli '21 of Monmouth University, began his college racing career at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, PA! Nico finished the 6K/3.73 mile course in 58th/130 overall while clocking 19:44.1 (5:18 pace)! His team finished 4th/8 overall behind traditionally-strong Princeton, Lehigh and Penn; and Nico finished 13th/17 overall on his team! GO NICO! Pictures from Monmouth website. Details at: Monmouth Hawks.

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-- On September 3, 2021, Alum Brett Shea '21 of Hofstra University, kicked-off his college racing career at a small 5K, the Hofstra Invitational, held on campus! Essentially a dual meet against St. Francis of Brooklyn, Hofstra took the first five places. Brett finished 5th/11 overall in 16:08.10 (5:12 pace), 4th/5 overall on his team. GO BRETT! Pictures from the Hofstra website. Details at: Go Hofstra.

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-- On September 4, 2021, Alum Justin Kelly '18, formerly at Stony Brook University and now at Rowan University, returned to his college racing career at the 25th Annual Salisbury University Fall Classic where he finished the 8K race in 1st Place, clocking a PR 25:07.0 (5:03 pace)! GO JUSTIN! Just thinking, when's the last time a XC coach picked-up a transfer student who took 1st in his first race? NEVER?! Details at: TFRRS

-- On September 4, 2021, Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, opened his season at the Harry Lang Invitational, a 6400m event at Colgate University. Essentially a dual meet, Syracuse ran five guys and they took the first five places in the sixteen-person race! Ethan took 2nd/16 overall in 19:44.2 File picture from the Syracuse website, taken at last year's West Point Meet. GO Ethan! Details at: TFRRS.

ethan at USMA

-- On September 10, 2021, Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, traveled to Penn State University for the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe, a 5.2 mile, 6-team event on the school's golf course. Ethan's team took 2nd, only 7 points behind a strong Michigan team! Ethan finished in 23rd/70 overall in 25:53.6 (pace 4:59)! Ethan finished 7th on his team with he and two other Syracuse runners (5th and 6th) separated by less than 2 seconds! Details at TFRRS.

-- On September 11, 2021, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, traveled to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY for the Ron Stonitsch Invitational. Brandon's team finished 2nd/7 overall in the 6K race, while Brandon finished 16th/89 overall in 19:53.9 (5:20 pace). Brandon was 7th/23 on his team. Details at: TFRRS.

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