Cherokee Cross Country Pictures, 2008, Page III

The Dual Meets are finished -- Cherokee runners won all of their dual meets this year and became the Division Champs, and recently they began the Championship Season! They won the Burlington County Championship, and now the Varsity looks ahead to the Conference Championship, the SJ Sectional Championship, the State Group IV Championship, and the State Meet of Champions! In between those meets, the Junior Varsity and the Freshmen have three important events to look forward to: the SJ Frosh-Soph Championship, the Haddonfield Invitational, and the NJ State Sub-Varsity Championships. GO CHEROKEE!

The SJ Frosh-Soph Championships

On October 19, 2008, most of the Freshmen and Sophomores traveled to Gloucester County College for the SJ Frosh-Soph Championships. Ryan Bobb was the team's top finisher, placing 6th in the sophomore race in a field of 123 runners; and Greg Malloy knocked a second off of his best time with his 35th place finish. The freshmen were led by Bill Hornung in 7th place, with Matt Venanzi not far behind in 14th. Andrew Yang ran well and finished strong to take 30th. And, even though Kyle Cook lost his shoe 200 meters into the race, he still managed to finish in 65th place! (Where was he when the pre-school class was doing the lesson on "how to tie your shoes?" . . . probably in the sandbox.)

The coaches selected Zach Roether as the "Runner of the Meet" for his best race so far this season! Zach improved more from the first freshman race of the year, the Cherokee Challenge, than any other freshman on the team! GO ZACH!

Results at: Colona Results.

Start Bill Hornung at 1 mile Matt Venanzi at 1 mile Dave Wallace a 1 mile Andrew Yang at 1 mile Mark Moorhouse at 1 mile
Albert Ptaszenski at 1 mile Matt Adams at 1 mile Jeremy Morgan sees ghost at 1 mile! Zach Roether at 1 mile Greg Malloy at 800m out Ryan Bobb at 1 mile
Greg Malloy at 1 mile Kyle Cook at 1 mile Ryan Bobb 100m from finish Greg Malloy 100m from finish Shoeless Kyle Cook 100m from finish Shoeless, Kyle sneaks up on his opponents!

Olympic Conference Championship

On October 24, 2008, the team traveled back to the Conference Championship Course at Gloucester County College for the Olympic Conference Championship and, once again, came home a huge winner! "I'm awed by the performance of the kids in pumpkin orange," said one admiring coach!

In the JV race, Cherokee had 5 of the top 10 finishers, led by a 1-2 finish of Frank Devine and Ryan Bobb! Cherokee's 3rd finisher, Josh Perez crossed the line in 7th, with a 35 second PR; and Josh Ungerleider and Mike Palmieri were close behind in 9th and 10th, both with season PRs! Greg Malloy and Mike Czuba ran their best races of the year to finish in 23rd and 24th with big PRs of 34 and 45 seconds respectively! And Kyle Cook also PRed by 39 seconds to break 20 minutes for the first time! Unofficially, the team finished 1st in their race!

The seven Varsity runners all ran well and dominated the very talented field of South Jersey's best! Chris Applegate finished in 4th overall, with Steve Burkholder right behind in 6th! Ryan McNair, Cherokee's 3rd runner, was in before any other team's 2nd; and Sean Hartnett, Cherokee's 4th man, crossed the line before any other team's 3rd! Only Washington Township had a 3rd in before Cherokee's 5th, recently-returned Marc Saccomanno! And both Kyle Smith, and Freshman Aiden Lynch, Cherokee's 6th and 7th finishers, were in before any other team's 5th man! Season PRs, for any course, were recorded by Applegate, McNair, Hartnett, Saccomanno and Lynch! Steve Burkholder did a great job of racing on a day when he wasn't at his absolute best; Kyle Smith looked great in his first race back from a broken toe; and Freshman Aiden Lynch did incredibly well in his first major Varsity race! Overall, Cherokee won the race with 43 points, another 43 points ahead of their closest competitor!

In the Freshman race, Bill Hornung led the team with his 2nd place finish and his first sub-18 minute 5k! Matt Venanzi also PRed to finish in 5th! Andrew Yang's 59-second PR earned him an 11th place finish and his first sub-20 clocking, with Mark Moorhouse and Dave Wallace also breaking 20 for the first time! Matt Adams, Jeremy Morgan and Zach Roether all set new PRs as well. Unofficially, the team finished 2nd in the race!

With so many great performances, it was very difficult to pick the Runner of the Meet. However, the coaches selected Mike Czuba because of the determination and aggressiveness he showed from start to finish. It was definitely the best race of his career! GO MIKE!

Conference Record: 7 team titles since 1996! Step 3 accomplished: Conference Champs!

For the details, see Colona Results or Pat Montferrat's Mile Split Results

For a change of pace, here are some "artistic" pictures (PhotoShop CS3: Poster Edges) from the JV portion of the race!

Team talk Frank Devine and Josh Ungerleider at mile Ryan Bobb at the mile at mile Mike Palmieri and Josh Perez at mile Adam Henriksen at mile
Mike Czuba at mile at mile Greg Malloy close to finish Kyle Miller close to finish Kyle Cook close to finish Alex Walker close to finish

Varsity takes the field!

Varsity Start Steve Burkholder and Chris Applegate at mile Sean Hartnett at mile Kyle Smith at mile Marc Saccomanno at mile Aiden Lynch at mile
Chris Applegate finishes Steve Burkholder finishes Ryan McNair finishes Sean Hartnett finishes Marc Saccomanno finishes Kyle Smith finishes
Aiden Lynch at finish Aiden Lynch at finish

Freshmen take the field!

Start with Bill Hornung and Matt Venanzi Matt Venanzi at start Mark Moorhouse, Dave Wallace, Andrew Yang at start Bill Hornung at mile Matt Vananzi at mile Dave Wallace, Andrew Yang, Mark Moorhouse at mile
Matt Adams at mile Jeremy Morgan at mile Zach Roether at mile Bill Hornung at finish Matt Venanzi at finish Andrew Yang at finish
Andrew Yang at finish Mark Moorhouse at finish Dave Wallace at finish Matt Adams at finish Jeremy Morgan at finish Zach Roether at finish

Haddonfield Invitational

On October 30, 2008, the JV and Freshman were "fired-up" for the Haddonfield Invitational because it is seen by many as their last chance to run on a fast, flat course and set their final season PR! But, over the past seven years, it has become something else . . . the only intra-squad contest of the year and a unique opportunity for coaches and athletes to win year-long bragging rights!

The team is divided into three squads, and history has not been kind to Coach Callinan. In 6 of the past 7 years, Coach Shaklee's squad emerged with the victory; and, last year, when Coach Thompson first joined the fray, that victory went to "the rookie." "A fluke," said Coach Shaklee, "the punk was lucky!" . . . and he was determined to prove that this year!

As usual, the team was divided, again into 3 separate entities, and each was given a distinct uniform to distinguish it from the others. Coach Shaklee had the men in Tennessee Orange, the uniforms the team wore when they won the Conference in 2005 and qualified for the Nike Team Nationals in 2007! They included (alphabetically) Matt Adams, Frank Devine, Adam Henriksen, Kyle Miller, Andrew Moorhouse, Josh Perez, Zach Roether and Andrew Yang.

Coach Callinan had the men in Texas Brown, the uniforms worn at Sectionals in 2006 and in the 2005 County Championships! They included Aiden Lynch, Greg Malloy, Jeremy Morgan, Josh Ungerleider, Matt Venanzi, Alex Walker and Dave Wallace.

And, finally, last year's winner, Coach Thompson, desperate to prove that last year was not a fluke, had his men in the uniforms of this year's County and Conference Champions, "the kids in pumpkin orange!" This select group included Ryan Bobb, Kyle Cook, Mike "Thompy's Protege" Czuba, Jason Hays, Bill Hornung, Mark Moorhouse and speedster Mike Palmieri. The big money was on this squad -- carefully selected so the young coach's self-image wouldn't suffer -- but, by the "two mile bridge," Coach Shaklee's team was scoring neck-and-neck, while Coach Callinan's team was pressuring the others but clearly showing the strain!

By the end, the victorious team was obvious! Tennessee Orange dominated the finish line . . . Coach Shaklee's team scored the upset! Young Coach Thompson was sent home wondering how he was so easily defeated, and the hapless Coach Callinan once again accepted defeat. Coach Shaklee was generous in victory, however, insisting that the victory banner displayed above the main entrance to the school be no more than 3 feet x 12 feet! Well, maybe 4 x 15, but certainly no larger!

Besides this important squad victory, eight Cherokee runners completed the 5K course in under 18 minutes to dominate the other teams at the meet. Frank Devine took 2nd overall, with Aiden Lynch in 3rd! Ryan Bobb and Bill Hornung finished 6th and 7th, while Josh Perez, Mike Palmieri and Kyle Miller took 13th, 15th and 16th, and gave Cherokee seven of the first sixteen places! Adam Henriksen was Cherokee's eighth sub-18 minute finisher in 26th place! Other PR's were recorded by Matt Venanzi, Greg Malloy, Dave Wallace, Andrew Yang, Andrew Moorhouse, Kyle Cook, Mark Moorhouse, Alex Walker, Matt Adams, Jason Hays and Jeremy Morgan!

Haddonfield Invitational Intra-team Record: Coach Shaklee, 7 wins; Coach Thompson, 1 win; Coach Callinan, 0 wins!

The coaches selected two athletes as the "Runners of the Meet." Adam Henriksen for taking 1:30 off his time from last year and running sub-18 for the first time; and Dave Wallace who had the biggest improvement, dropping 1:15 from his previous best 5K time! GO ADAM! GO DAVE!

Adam Henriksen at 2 mile bridge Dave Wallace at finish

When word of the Team Shaklee victory reached Marlton, a spontaneous celebration erupted! GO TEAM SHAKLEE!

Team Shaklee celebration in Marlton? Team Shaklee celebration in Marlton?

Bill Hornung at bridge Aiden Lynch at bridge Ryan Bobb and Frank Devine at bridge Mike Palmieri at bridge Josh Perez at bridge Kyle Miller at bridge
Adam Henriksen at bridge Matt Venanzi at bridge Josh Ungerleider at bridge Greg Malloy at bridge Dave Wallace at bridge Mike Czuba at bridge
Andrew Yang at bridge Andrew Moorhouse at bridge Mark Moorhouse and Kyle Cook at bridge Alex Walker at bridge Jason Hays at bridge Matt Adams at bridge
Jeremy Morgan at bridge Frank Devine at finish Bill Hornung and Ryan Bobb at finish Greg Malloy at finish Andrew Yang at finish Jason Hays at finish
Zach Roether at finish Coaches Cal and Shaklee tally the score Bill Hornung of Team Thompson smiles prematurely! Coach Thompson smiles prematurely! The sign says it all! The Winning Team!

Further Encouragement for Sectionals!

On November 4, 2008, Alum Joe Halin ('00) of the Moorestown Running Company passed along a photograph. It pictures the six guys who just won the 1998 Burlington County Championships with 28 points! From left to right: Mike Caputi ('00) - 8th; Aaron Boucher ('99) - 6th; Greg Robinson ('00) - 10th, Ben Werbos ('99) - 3rd, Joe Halin ('00) - 2nd; and Mike Urbanovich ('99) - 9th. Not pictured is 7th man Kevin Hurley ('01) who was 11th as Cherokee completely dominated the county! The race was run at Cherokee High School for the 4th year in a row before it returned to Mill Creek Park in 1999. The team went on to win the Olympic Conference Meet, the SJ Group IV Sectionals, and the State Group IV Championship before finishing a close 2nd to CBA in the State Meet of Champions! The following year, Cherokee improved on this performance at the County Meet by sweeping places 2 through 8 to win with 20 points! GO CHEROKEE!

Winning Team at BC Open, 1998

New Jersey Sub-Varsity Championships

On November 5, 2008, the Junior Varsity and Freshman squads traveled to Thompson Park in Jamesburg for the Second Annual New Jersey Sub-Varsity Championships, a meet designed to close-out the season for all sub-varsity -- meaning those not going to the State Sectionals -- runners. Cherokee already did its "sub-varsity close-out meet" at the Haddonfield Invitational but this event, though somewhat anticlimactic, is a nice way to see what other teams have coming up in the future.

In the Freshman competition, running without the top three individuals -- Aiden Lynch, Bill Hornung, and Matt Venanzi -- the team managed an 8th place finish led by Dave Wallace, Andrew Moorhouse and Andrew Yang who all finished within two seconds of each other.

In the JV race, the team placed 7th in the field of 22 teams. Josh Perez led the way with his 20th place finish in the field of 317 runners, with Kyle Miller, Ryan Bobb, Billy Hornung and Frank Devine finishing the scoring.

The coaches selected Josh Perez as the Runner of the Meet for his first time at the front of the Cherokee pack! After a late start to the season, Josh has come on strong and is now showing that he has the potential to be one of the top varsity runners next year. GO JOSH!

For the record, Matt McCarroll still holds the meet record of 16:50 set in 2007, well below the 17:06 achieved this year by a Junior at CBA. The course was changed this year because of construction but the new design is still as flat and unimaginative as it was last year.

Results at: Fraulo Racing.

Yikes! The photographer lost the camera's # 1 Smart Card somewhere on the field yesterday and, as a result, there are no Freshmen pictures available. Sorry, guys! Here, however, are some pictures from the JV race!

Josh Ungerleider, Josh Perez, (hidden) Mike Palmieri Bill Hornung, Kyle Miller, Ryan Bobb, Frank Devine Adam Henriksen Mike Czuba Alex Walker Kyle Cook
Whole team grouped at over a mile!? Group of five Kyle Miller and Mike Palmieri Bill Hornung Greg Malloy Alex Walker and Mike Czuba
Kyle Cook Josh Perez at finish Kyle Miller at finish Ryan Bobb at finish Bill Hornung at finish Frank Devine
Josh Ungerleider at finish Mike Palmieri at finish Adam Henriksen at finish Greg Malloy at finish Kyle Cook at finish Alex Walker at finish

Return to the index for Cross Country Pictures, 2008

Return to the Main Page for Cherokee Cross Country