Cherokee Track & Field Pictures, 2005, Page V

The Final Weeks: State Championships!

NJ Sectional Championships: South Jersey

On May 27th and 28th, the best on the team represented Cherokee at the NJ Sectional Track and Field Championships at Egg Harbor Township H.S. One of the great surprises in the meet was Tom Nessler's outstanding PR in the discus, a 148' 3" toss that made him the Sectional Champion! Other significant performances came from distance aces running the 3200m: Tom Yersak posted a 9:41.93 (his fastest this year!) and finished third in the event; and Matt Dolan set another PR in 9:43.43 and finished fourth! Finally, in the 800m, two other top distance performers, James Maneval, running 1:59.48, and Mike Candy, running 2:00.54, finished fourth and sixth respectively. All of these athletes qualified for the upcoming State Group Championships!

In addition, there were several other impressive PR's set in the meet. In the Shot Put, Charlie Spenser threw 44' 4" and Andrew Miller threw 39' 10 1/2"! And, in the sprints, Sam Shapiro set PR's of 11.2 (H.T.) in the 100m and 23.2 (H.T.) in the 200m!

~ Day 1 ~

Aaron Decaires in the 400 IH Mike Schiafone in the 400 IH Charlie Spenser sets PR in Disc! Sam Shapiro in 100m Finals Coach Shaklee
Rich Nelson in the 1600m Marziano, McFadden and Nelson in the 1600m Vin Marziano finishing the 1600m Rich Nelson finishing the 1600m Chris Steliga in the 400m as the sun goes down
Chris Steliga finishes the 400m Matt Raychert in the 400m Matt Raychert finishes the 400m

~ Day 2 ~

Mike Schiafone and Aaron DeCaires in 111HH Candy, Andes and Maneval in 2nd lap Mike Candy finishes Ryan Forbes matches his PR Tom Nessler with the discus
Tom Nessler flings the discus Coach Witzig Kevin Pingon in the Jav Tom Yersak in the 3200m Matt Dolan in the 3200m
Greg Bredeck in the 3200m Tom Yersak moves towards the finish line Matt Dolan closes in on the finish James Maneval in the 4 X 400m Mike Schiafone in the 4 X 400m

NJ State Group Championships

On June 4th, five of Cherokee's qualifiers for the NJ State Group Track and Field Championships competed at Egg Harbor Township H.S. to advance to the upcoming "Meet of Champions," but only one met the standard! Tom Nessler, saving his best throws for the Championship season, once again "stepped up" when it was needed. On his first throw of the day, Tom launched the discus 152', a PR by almost four feet! And, for insurance, he followed that with another toss of 151' 9"! As a result, Tom qualified for the Meet of Champions!

Unfortunately, Cherokee's runners failed to advance. In the 800m, James Maneval, in 2:00.08, and Mike Candy, in 2:01.06, failed to qualify. And in the 3200m, neither Tom Yersak nor Matt Dolan managed to crack the top six and move on to the MOC. Matt had an especially tough time when he fell on the fourth lap and was unable to get back among the leaders in the race. For complete results: Scullion.

Tom Nessler goes for the win! Tom Nessler goes for the win! Tom Nessler goes for the win! Tom Nessler goes for the win! Coach Lynn and Tom Nessler discuss technique
Coaches carbo loading! Start of 3200m Yersak and Dolan stay close to Chingachgook Tom Yersak in 3200m Matt Dolan in 3200m
Matt Dolan heads for the 1st Tee! Mike Candy in the 800m James Maneval and Mike Candy in the 800m James Maneval at the finish James Maneval in a sea of officials

NJ State Meet of Champions

On June 8th, a band of coaches and Cherokee's lone qualifier for the NJ State Meet of Champions traveled to South Plainfield, NJ for the event. Senior Tom Nessler took first in the Sectionals, sixth in the Group States, and he was seeded thirteenth out of thirty-plus qualifiers in this, his last high school competition. Everyone complained about the unusual construction of the discus circle but Tom made good use of the experience, throwing 150' 5" and winning the eight place medal in the competition! For complete results: Scullion. The photographer was unavailable but the pictures are almost legitimate, having come from the previous week's competition!

Tom Nessler Tom Nessler Tom Nessler Tom Nessler Tom Nessler

Cherokee Track & Field Awards Dinner

Following a long-standing tradition, Cherokee's Track and Field team held its annual banquet on June 12th. There the team, coaches, families and friends enjoyed a meal together, applauded the accomplishments of the team this season, and bid farewell to the graduating seniors. Besides the great food provided by the parents, highlights included the announcement of the Most Valuable Player in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, distance and weight events; and a review of the individual awards granted by the South Jersey Track Coaches Association, the Camden Courier-Post, the Burlington County Times, the Olympic Conference, and Cherokee High School.

Olympic Conference Scholar Athlete

Tom Yersak

Cherokee High School Most Courageous

Matt Dolan

All-Burlington County: First Team

Tom Nessler, Discus

Olympic Conference: First Team, American Division

Tom Nessler, Discus

James Maneval, 800m

Olympic Conference: Second Team, American Division

Tom Yersak, 1600m

Rich Nelson, 800m

Olympic Conference Champion

Tom Nessler, Discus

South Jersey Group IV Sectional Medalists

Tom Nessler, 1st Place, Discus

Tom Yersak, 3rd Place, 3200m

Matt Dolan, 4th Place, 3200m

James Maneval, 4th Place, 800m

Mike Candy, 6th Place, 800m

State Group IV Medalists

Tom Nessler, 6th Place, Discus

State Meet of Champions Medalists

Tom Nessler, 8th Place, Discus

All South Jersey, Group IV, First Team

Tom Nessler, Discus

Tom Yersak, 3200m

Cherokee Track & Field Most Valuable Player

Tom Yersak, Distance

Ryan Forbes, Jumps

Sam Shapiro, Sprints

Tom Nessler, Weights

Aaron DeCaires, co-award in Hurdles

Mike Schiafone, co-award in Hurdles

Here are a few pictures from the Awards Dinner.

Athletes check out their pics Really, Will, it's not that bad! Parents check out the pics At the buffet table Coach Witzig chats with parent
Coach Shaklee Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors
All-SJ Award winners, Nessler and Maneval with Coach Cal Coaches and MVPs: Nessler, DeCaires, Shapiro, Yersak: Schifone absent MVP Ryan Forbes with Coach Cal Coach Lynn announces Weightmen's MVP Vin Marziano getting ready for St. Baldrick's Day, 2006!

Congratulations to the team for all the good things that happened this year! Seniors now move to the "Alumni Page" where we hope to see a lot about you! And, underclassmen, we're looking forward to working with you next year!

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