~ CHEROKEE ALUMNI NEWS, 2022 - 2023 ~





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.






~~ Cherokee Cross Country and Track and Field Alumni Association ~~

"Join your fellow Cherokee Cross Country and Track and Field Alumni in the launch of a new Alumni Association! While in its early stages, the aims of this association include supporting the current men's and women's teams through financial support and scholarships, increasing alumni engagement and presence at meets, and creating opportunities for mentorship of current and former student athletes. Overall, we hope to build a robust community of XC/TF alumni of these storied programs from the 70's to the present. If you'd like to become a member of the association or just be kept in the loop, please fill out the form below to receive future communications regarding alumni association events and initiatives. And do not hesitate to share this link with any XC/TF alumni friends who you think may be interested as well! We look forward to connecting and reconnecting with you all at future events!" Lisa Burkholder

Alumni Association Survey: Link.

Looking forward to hearing from you!






Seasons

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Summer and Cross Country, 2022
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Summer and Cross Country, 2022


Last Fall, the Coronavirus seemed to wane and everyone looked forward to a "normal" Cross Country season. Well, that wasn't exactly right but many were able to compete in the sport with only minor disruptions. This year, things seem even better and everyone is looking forward to a great year of Cross Country and Track and Field! GO CHEROKEE ALUMS!



-- Last year, the traditional Marlton Fourth of July 5K was canceled for a second year and a number of our Alums went over to Haddon Heights for their traditional holiday race, the Haddon Heights FireCracker 5K! Alum Jack Shea '17, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, won the race in 15:09 (4:54 pace)! Alum Ethan Wechsler '19 of Syracuse University, took 3rd in the race in 15:32 (5:01 pace), and "ancient" Alum Marc Pelerin '02, teacher at Cinnaminson Middle School took an impressive 8th overall in 17:32 (5:40 pace)! This year, Jack raced at Heights again (they pay $150 to the winner!) and killed his own time from last year, taking 1st in 14:53 (4:48 pace)! No other Cherokee Alums ran the race. Details and video at: Run Sign-up. The best part about this screenshot is it shows the video for the 5K ran 47.09 minutes! 15 minute miles?! Did our photographer "run" the race . . . Coach Shaklee?!


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-- This year, the traditional Marlton Fourth of July 5K was open as usual and, though there were relatively few who actually raced --Brandon Marks '18 and Matt Smith '17 stopped by during a run and watched from the sidelines -- Cherokee Alums maintained a strong tradition by taking both 1st and 2nd in the race! (Of the 12 recorded races, Cherokee Alums -- Pelerin, Wilson, Mueller, Spisak, Schickling, Somers and record-holder Jack Shea -- dominated the finish line 9 of those times!) Now in 2022, Cherokee and TCNJ graduate Mike Zurzolo '17 took 1st in 16:34 (5:31 pace) and fellow Cherokee aand TCNJ graduate Mike Iannotta '17 took 2nd in 16:40 (5:23 pace)! Six other Alums completed the race too! Josh Pawlik '22 took 14th in 19:50 (6:24 pace); Evan Pawlik '22 finished right behind Josh in 15th, clocking 19:52 (6:25 pace). In 27th, Brendan Falzone '17 clocked 21:10 (6:50 pace); followed by Chris Zurzolo '19 took 37th in 22:47 (7:21 pace); Aatish Gupta '19 finished in 56th in 24:09 (7:48 pace); and Matt Powell '16 crossed the line in 197th in 33:28 (10:48 pace). Further details and video at: Run Sign-up.


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- On July 19th, 2022, Alum Jack Shea '17, graduate of NAU, joined the team at a tough practice on and off campus. Jack ran with the top three guys on the team -- Conor, Nick and Patrick -- and they all worked up a decent sweat on this hot day! BTW, Jack is going to RunningWorks this year as both a counselor and Q and A speaker!


Jack at practice

-- On July 31st, 2022, Alum Jack Shea '17, graduate of NAU, continued his acting/modeling career -- remember his remarkable performance in the award-winning Chanel Cosmetics commercial? -- when he appeared in his official 2022 RunningWorks uniform at the Haddonfield Running Company! Stay tuned, his next contract is with Swifter Dusters!


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-- Between August 7th-20th, 2022, a number of Alums kept things going at the 23rd Annual RunningWorks Cross Country Camp at Canadensis, PA! Two of the three Directors, of course, Kevin Cuneo '04 and Kevin Schickling '08, and four other Alums acting as Counselors: Jack Shea '17; Mike Zurzolo '17; Chase Miller '19; and Ethan Wechsler '19. They did a great job with the campers and we understand the campers thought the same!


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-- On September 2nd, 2022, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was named a Captain of his team with the following notation: "Returning for his fifth year as an architecture major and second as a captain, Marks (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) has also run in 12 events with a personal-best 8k time of 25:48.9. He has competed in two Liberty League Championship meets, including a 27:17.2 in 2021 and a 27:06.4 in 2019." Two years as Captain? Shouldn't he be a Major by now?

-- On September 3rd, 2022, Alums Mike Gavio '19 and Matt Campbell '19, both of Bloomsburg University, opened their seasons at the 6K Mansfield Short Course Open. Mike finished what was basically a 2-team race in 20:46 (pace: 05:34.2) and 9th overall; Matt finished in 21:42 (Pace: 5:49) and 15th overall. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 3rd, 2022, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Rowan University, opened his season at the 26th Annual Salisbury University Fall Classic and took 1st/97 overall in the 8K race for the second year in a row! Justin clocked 25:17 (pace 5:05). His team took 2nd behind Navy. Reuben Frank of Comcast and NBC Sports, mentioned Justin's race in his SJTCA Blog: SJ Track Blog. Details at: MD. MileSplit.

-- On September 3rd, 2022, Alum Ethan Wechsler '20 of Syracuse University, opened his season at the Harry Lang Invitational, a 6K race at Colgate University in Hamilton NY. Ethan took 5th/55 overall and clocked 20.21 (5:07 pace) in the 5-team race. Race details at: TFRRS. For years, Ethan trained under the catchphrase: "Move to the sound of the clicks" and he frequently got the best picture of the day! Now, however, with the new "mirrorless" cameras, there are no clicks and he appears lost in this new generation of technology! Reuben Frank of Comcast and NBC Sports, recognized Ethan's race in his SJTCA Blog: SJ Track Blog.


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-- On September 3rd, 2022, Alums Chase Miller '20 and Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ, opened their season at home in the 6K Blue and Gold Invitational, basically a team time-trial that included powerhouse New Jersey City University. TCNJ took the first 15 places with Chase finishing in 7th/21 overall while clocking 20:11 (pace 5:25); and Matt finishing in 9th while clocking 20:25 (pace 05:29). Details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 9th, 2022, Alum Ethan Wechsler '20 of Syracuse University, traveled to Penn State University Spiked Shoe Invitational on Penn State's Golf Course at University Park, PA. Ethan completed the 5.2 mile course in 25.30 (4:54 pace), finishing 11th/92 overall. Details at: PT Timing.

-- On September 9th, 2022, Alum Jack Shea '17, formerly of NAU and now in graduate school at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, opened his season and began his new life at the Penn State University Spiked Shoe Invitational on Penn State's Golf Course at University Park, PA. Jack finished the 5.2 mile course in 26.05 (5:01 pace), crossing the line 22nd/92 overall and 1st for St. Joe's. When your head stops spinning -- wonder if he was still wearing an NAU uniform? -- check the details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 9th, 2022, Alums Chase Miller '20 and Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ, traveled to The Osprey Open at Stockton University and competed in the 5K. Chase took 5th/93 overall in 16:07 (5:11 pace), and Matt took 14th in 16:42 (5:23 pace). Details at: TFRRS.

__ On September 10, 2022, a number of Cherokee Alums, including several State Champions, stopped by the Cherokee Challenge to show their colors and encourage the further growth of the XC and T & F Alumni Association!


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-- On September 10th, 2022, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, competed in the Siena XC Invitational at The Crossings in Latham, NY. His team won the 14-team contest but Brandon had a exceptionally "off" race! He clocked 27:03.8 (5:27 pace) in the 8K event, finishing 82nd/191 overall! Picture from RPI website: Brandon looks good there! Details at: RPI Athletics.


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-- On September 16th, 2022, Alums Mike Gavio '19 and Matt Campbell '19, both of Bloomsburg University, traveled to Kutztown, PA for the Kutztown DI and DII Challenge. Mike took 31/142 overall in 28.03 (5:39 pace) and Matt took 76/142 overall in 29:32 (5:55 pace), a PR for him. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 16th, 2022, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Rowan University, traveled south the Annapolis, MD for the Navy Cross Country Invitational. Justin finished the 4.9mi course in 25:36 (5.17 pace) crossing the line first for Rowan and 32nd/97th overall. Details at: Navy Sports.

-- On September 24th, 2022, Alums Mike Gavio '19 and Matt Campbell '19, both of Bloomsburg University, traveled to Lock Haven, PA for the 8K Lock Haven University XC Invitational, the largest meet they've competed at this season. In the Crimson race, Mike took 73rd/230 scorers in 26.56 (5:25 pace), and Matt took 114/230 scorers in 27:25 (5:31 pace). Their team finished 9th out of 34 entries. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 24th, 2022, Alum Ethan Wechsler '20 of Syracuse University, traveled to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK for the 8K Cowboy Jamboree. Ethan finished 145th/252 overall in 25:15 (5:05 pace). His team finished 8th/27 teams. Details at: TFRRS.

-- On September 30th 2022, five of our Alums raced in three different races at the HUGE Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. In the Gold Race, Alum Jack Shea '17, formerly of NAU and now in graduate school at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, raced the 8K course in 24.19 (4:54 pace) and finished 129th/428 overall! In the Open Race, Alum Brandon Marks '18 of RPI, raced the course in 25:40 (5:10 pace) finishing in 127th/537 overall; Nico Grilli '18 of Monmouth University, crossed the line in 26:40 (5:22 pace) and finished 267th/537; and Mike Iannotta '17, graduate of TCNJ, raced the course in 27:01 (5:26 pace) and finished in 298th/537! In the Brown Race, Alum Chase Miller '20 of TCNJ, covered the course in 26:08 (5:16 pace) and finished in 224th/408 overall; and Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ raced the course in 26:55 (5:25 pace) and finished in 305th/408. Jack's picture from the St Joe website; Nico (is that what they call "bedroom eyes?") and Mike's picture, showing their classic Evesham Harriers competition shirts, forwarded by Coach Shaklee. The racing picture of Nico came from the Monmouth website. Crazy amount of details at: TFRRS.


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-- On October 1st, 2022, Highland High School's newest Assistant Coach, Mike Zurzolo '17 ran by our photographer during Highland's race at Shore Coaches, Holmdel. See Highland's and others' results at: NJ.MileSplit.


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-- On October 1st, 2022, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Rowan University, traveled to SUNY-Genesco where he raced the 8K Mike Woods Invitational in 25:32.1 (5:09 pace) and finished 1st for Rowan and 18th/373 overall. His team finished 10th/24 overall. Details at: Rowan Athletics. Picture from Rowan website, probably from Salisbury, run earlier.


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-- On October 8th, 2022, Alum Matt Campbell '19 of Bloomsburg University, traveled to Mansfield University for the Ed Winrow Memorial Invitational where he raced the 8K in 28.49 (5:48 pace) and finished 58th/96 overall. Details at: BU Huskies.

-- On October 14th, 2022, Alum Jack Shea '17, now in graduate school at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, traveled to the historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronz of New York City for the IC4A/ECAC Cross Country Championships. An 8K race, Jack clocked 24:51 (5:01 pace) and finished in 26th/366 overall! His team finished 7th/31 teams. Details at: Leone Timing.

-- On October 14th, 2022, Alum Ethan Wechsler '20 of Syracuse University, traveled to State College, PA for the Penn State National Open. Ethan clocked 25.32 (4:55 pace) in a somewhat unusual 5.2 mile (8.368m) race and finished 13th/141 overall. Details at: FTRRS.

-- On October 15th, 2022, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Rowan University, hosted/raced, and Brandon Marks '18 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, practically returned home for, the Rowan Interregional Border Battle at DREAM Park! Justin competed in the 8K Championship DII race and clocked 25:40 (pace 5:10) while finishing 27th/322 overall! Brandon raced in the 8K Open event, clocked 26.09 (5:17 pace) and finished in 4th/168 overall. Brandon's team won both the Open and the Championship DII races but their photographer stayed home! Details at: TFRRS.

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-- On October 15th, 2022, Alums Matt Smith '18 and Chase Miller '20 of TCNJ, competed at the Connecticut College Invitational, an 8K race held at Harkness State Park in Waterford, CT. Matt covered the course in the Blue race, clocking 27:11 (5:28 pace) and finishing 217th/395. Chase was in the same Blue race and he clocked 27.12 (5:29 pace) and finished 220th/395. Details at: PC Timing.

-- On October 29th, 2022, Alum Matt Smith '18 of TCNJ, hosted/raced, and Justin Kelly '18 of Rowan University, raced the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships. Matt clocked 27:06 (5:28 pace) on the 8K course and finished 32nd/100 overall. Justin WON the event in 25:10 (5:04/100 overall) and named "All-Conference!" Details at: NJAC Sports.

-- On November 5th, 2022, Alum Matt Campbell '19 of Bloomsburg University, traveled to Mansfield, PA for the PSAC Cross Country Championships. Matt finished the 8K race in 122nd/146 overall while clocking 30:12 (6:05 pace). The team finished 10th/16th overall. Details at: Leone Timing.

-- On November 12th, Alum Justin Kelly '18 of Rowan University, traveled to DeSales University in Center Valley, PA for the 2022 NCAA Metro Region Championships. Justin led his team with a 22nd placing in the 8K race, clocking 26:38 (pace: 5:22). His team finished 5th overall, just behind TCNJ in 4th. Details at: DeSales.

-- On November 18th, 2022, Alum Chase Miller '20 of TCNJ had a prominent position on the recently-discovered XC team's picture! The long-haired, blond, and goateed (perhaps "lionlike"?) Miller sat directly below the school's statue of their mighty mascot, Roscoe the Lion! Two noble characters! Seated down the line from Chase is the equally noble Alum Matt Smith '18!


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-- On November 20th, 2022, Alum Mike Iannotta '17 a graduate of TCNJ, competed in his first Philadelphia Marathon on one, nasty day in Philadelphia! Mike enjoyed temperatures in the low 30's, which is good for a marathon, but that was accompanied by winds in the 20's! Ah, nothing like a brisk run along the Schuylkill River! Mike finished the race in 59th place (6th in his age group/8394 finishers) in 2:35:27 (pace, 5:56)! Details at: Philadelphia Marathon.








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