The Penn Relays is the most exciting "national" meet that the athletes attend, and this year was no exception. The 4 X 100 team, running 44.89, missed breaking the school record by two-tenths of a second, and the 4 X 400 team of Chao, Lake, Klawiter and Whirledge, running 3:23.01, broke the school record. Keith Krieger had an "off" day in the invitational Championship 3,000m Run but still managed an 8:48.55. Picture-taking was difficult as it rained on Saturday (April 26th) but here are a few from Krieger's race. (Click on thumbnails for larger pictures.)
The following pictures were provided by Pat Montferrat of MySportsShot:
This was the best dual meet in years, not simply because Cherokee pulled off the victory in the last event but because many athletes "stepped-up" and provided some of the most inspiring performances of year. Andes dropped 3 seconds and won the 800m in 2:02.8; Chao won the Long Jump with a leap of 20' 7"; Lake won the Triple with a jump of 40' 3", and Campbell backed him up with a 38' 9" jump . . . all PR's! In the last minutes of the meet, Schlatter and Sand took 1st and 2nd in the Vault; Byrd threw 42' 11" to take second (behind Dalessio) in the shot; and Freeman set a PR of 9:50.9 and won the 3200. The meet came down to the high jump where novice jumpers Schlatter and Forbes set incredible PR's. Schlatter improved his PR by 4 inches with a 5' 8" jump, while Forbes improved his PR by an unimaginable 8" with a jump of 5' 10" and won the event! This victory took the team another step closer to their goal as conference champs. Here are some pictures from the meet. (Click thumbnails.)
Cherokee did not focus its full attention on this two-day meet, preferring to rest several runners and to allow others to compete in atypical races. Still, there were a few interesting results. On rainy Friday night (May 2nd), Freshman Greg Bredeck easily won the Frosh 1600 in the high 4:40s; and Senior Matt Dalessio took fourth in the shot with an almost-PR of 51' 2". On Saturday, Freshmen Andes, Pingon, Nelson and Bredeck easily won the Frosh DM in 11:27. Here are a few pictures from this meet. (Click thumbnails.)
This meet on May 5th, was the last of the dual meets and, with the victory, clinched Cherokee's claim to the Conference Championship, American Division. As usual this season, the meet was held in the rain (with wind and 45 degrees temperatures!) but the team scored well in all areas and tallied more than 100 points against Washington Township. Here are some pictures from this soggy and dark meet.