Track Pictures, 2004, Page I

~The Winter Pre-Season~

For Cherokee High School Track, the winter season is always a low-key affair, focusing on strength training. The distance squad emphasizes base training, while the sprinters and weight men stress skills and technique. They participate in a variety of meets and, while they want to do well, there isn't the same pressure to succeed. It is, then, a time for regrouping and reconditioning.

Lavino Relays

Picture taking is especially difficult during the winter because of the darkened indoor conditions. Here are a few pics taken at the Lavino Relays at Lawrenceville Prep in January by Pat Montferrat of, a friend of Cherokee Track and Field.

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Whirledge at Lavino Relays Maneval at Lavino Relays Andes at Lavino Relays
Yersak at Lavino Relays Whirledge at Lavino Relays Yersak at Lavino Relays

Glassboro 10 Miler

On February 22, 2004, Senior Kevin Cuneo, and Juniors Tom Yersak and Matt Dolan did some training while running the Glassboro 10 Miler, a road race that winds through the farmlands of South Jersey. Somewhat unexpectedly, Tom Yersak ran his workout "in the 50's" and took second place in the race!

Hollywood Tom on the road! Kevin Cuneo in the ten-miler Yersak on the road Matt Dolan on the road
Kevin checks his watch at a mile marker Matt Dolan at the turn-around Yersak at 7 mile mark

Indoor Meet of Champions

Two Cherokee athletes competed in the New Jersey State Indoor Meet of Champions at Princeton on February 29, 2004. In the 400m, Alex Whirledge won his heat and took 4th overall, running 51:07 on the notoriously slow track at Jadwin Gym! In the 3200m, Nick Freeman ran 10:09.71 in an unsuccessful attempt to set a PR at the meet. Again Pat Montferrat of MySportsShot was there to capture a few images of the action.

Whirledge in the beginning of the 400m Whirledge at second lap Whirledge at second lap
Freeman at the start of 3200 Freeman in the 3200 Coach Callinan cogitates

Timber Creek Scrimmage

It was an uncomfortable day for outdoor Track - the ground soggy wet, the temperature close to freezing, and winds between 5 and 10 MPH - but Cherokee met Timber Creek on March 17th in an abbreviated runners (no field events) meet. All the athletes ran multiple events as they prepared for the up-coming season.

Greg Bredeck, Tom Yersak, Nick Freeman Ryan Thress, Aaron DeCaires and David Doelp Brett Wintermute Mike Medvec and Mike Brown Paul McFadden
Adrian Lu Joe Scialabbo Mike Medvec Brian Scott Will Andes

The Bancroft Run

On Saturday, March 20th, the distance squad met in Haddonfield to run the Bancroft 5K race as a workout, and many did quite well. Indeed, in a race with over 580 competitors, Tom Yersak (finishing 9th overall, 15:55), Greg Bredeck (11th overall, 16:01) and Nick Freeman (14th overall, 16:21) took the first three places in their age group; and with Sean McLaughlin (21st overall, 16:35) and Will Andes (29th overall, 16:54), they also won the high school team competition. Complete results at: Bancroft 5K

Yersak and Bredeck McFadden Freeman McLaughlin Yersak
Dolan Cuneo Fabio Foley Steve Nelson Winning team with . . .

Rancocas Valley Scrimmage

The Chiefs met Rancocas Valley at home on March 25th and the team looked good. Again, for training, all the athletes competed in multiple events. Alas, the day was dark and the pictures are somewhat less than perfect. Here are a few that were saved:

Mr. Wood preps Joe Scialabbo Albert Tsang rips one Freshman Mike Medvec
Steve Nelson Alex Whirledge preps John Kerbaugh putting the shot Cannon blasts one

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