~ CHEROKEE CHALLENGE ~









Welcome to the webpage for The 26th Annual Cross Country Cherokee Challenge!


This unusual meet, sponsored by Cherokee High School, RunningWorks and The Running Company of South Jersey, with its shorter racing distances, class scoring, and unique coed team scoring, provides a great, low-key opportunity for runners to begin the competitive season, and we hope you "take the Challenge" this year!







Last year, 2021, originally our 26th Anniversary, was renamed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic caused a cancellation of our meet in 2020. So, September 11, 2021, was officially our 25th Anniversary!

Three years ago, 2019, the weather was perfect, sunny and relatively cool; the course was dry and firm and the racing was great! There weren't any new course records but, as in the past, over 100 teams from three states brought thousands of athletes to finish the course! In addition, the results were published in record time with the use of chip-timing: within a few minutes after the completion of each race, the results were available on-site and on the Internet!

In 2021, the weather cooperated again and all the races were run in temperatures between 62 and 75, the course was firm and the races went off without a glitch! Again, Tomahawk Timing, using chip-timing, posted the results of each race on-site and on the Internet!

Congratulations to the Boys CC team from the Westfield High School of New Jersey, and to the Girls CC team from Cherokee High School of New Jersey, on winning the team championships at the 2021 Cherokee Challenge! It was the first time for both the Westfield and the Cherokee teams! GO BLUE DEVILS! GO CHIEFS! Also, congratulations to the combined Girls and Boys squads from Cherokee High School on winning the Co-Ed Championship for the second time! GO CHIEFS!

In addition, congratulations to Northern Burlington Regional High School Freshman Liliah Gordon who clocked 11:42.36, the "Fastest Time of the Day" among the girls; and to Delsea Regional High School Senior Andrew Littlehales who crossed the finish line in 9:46.22 and clocked the "Fastest Time of the Day" among the boys!


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For years now, the NJ.MileSplit Network has reported directly from the meet! Robert Kellert, the senior editor, was at Cherokee again in 2021, reporting the action directly from the finish line, and all of his work, including the results, videos, interviews and thousands of pictures from the meet since 2004, can be found at: NJ.MileSplit!

We hope your team "took the Challenge" in 2021 and was part of the best cross country meet in New Jersey; and we look forward to seeing you again at our next Cherokee Challenge!









Check it out by clicking on the following links:


Cherokee Challenge, History From 1996 through 2019 (pdf)

Cherokee Challenge Course Records (pdf)







Archive

Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2019 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2018 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2017 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2016 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2015 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2014 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2013 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2012 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2011 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Full Coverage/Results/Pictures from 2010 Races at NJ.MileSplit


Results From the 2010 Races

Pictures From the 2010 Races


Results From the 2009 Races

Pictures From the 2009 Races


Results From the 2008 Races

Pictures From the 2008 Races


Results From the 2007 Races

Pictures From the 2007 Races


Results From the 2006 Races

Pictures From the 2006 Races


Results From the 2005 Races

Pictures From the 2005 Races


Results From the 2004 Races

Pictures From the 2004 Races







Thought for the day . . .

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only soft people." -- Legendary Oregon Coach Bill Bowerman






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