Cherokee Track & Field Pictures, 2007, Page III

Early Spring!

This page marks the actual beginning of the Spring Season highlighting the Burlington County Hall of Fame Relays (postponed to April 9th); the Highland Frosh/Soph Meet (also on April 9th); the dual meet with Eastern HS (April 11th); and the Moorestown Invitational (April 14th). GO CHEROKEE!

Burlington County Hall of Fame Relays

On April 9, 2007, a large group of Varsity athletes bussed to Maple Shade High School for the weather-postponed Burlington County Hall of Fame Relays. The weather was only slightly improved -- no rain but temperature in the low 40s with substantial wind! Still, the team performed well! Highlights include five First Place finishes: the 4 X 1600m Relay won by Steve Burkholder, Kevin Schickling, Chris Applegate and Alex Yersak; the Shuttle Hurdle Relay won by Aaron DeCaires, Mike Schiafone, Chris Chen and Major Mobley; the Javelin Relay won by Devon Prate and Demetrius Richardson; and the Long Jump and Triple Jump Relays won by Chris Steliga and Steve Watson! Also, team members placed second in three additional relays: Chris Steliga, Steve Watson, Joe Gentes and Kevin Merrigan placed 2nd in the 4x200 Relay; Alex Yersak, Kevin Merrigan, Kevin Schickling and Chris Applegate placed 2nd in the Distance Medley Relay; and Dan Farid and Chris Ratkis placed 2nd in the Discus Relay!

The pictures do not feature every event because the photographer had to cover two meets but here is a selection that gives some idea of the action!

Steve Burkholder leads-off the 4 X 1600m 'Ted' Schickling creates the lead in the 4 X 1600m Chris Applegate builds a hugh lead in the 4 X 1600m Alex Yersak finishes off the 4 X 1600m  Aaron DeCaires bows to the photographer in the LJ!  Major Mobley in the LJ
 Major Mobley bows to the photographer in the LJ! Dan Farad launches the disc  Cris Ratkis sends the disc flying  Niraj Patel to Henry Feng in the 4 X 200m Henry Feng in the 4 X 200m Madesh Veeranno to Chris Chen in the 4 X 200m
 Matt Addezio to Sean Farrow in the 4 X 200m  Mike Schiafone to Brian Kershner in the 4 X 200m Kevin Merrigan to Joe Gentes in the 4 X 200m Steve Watson to Chris Steliga under close scrutiny of official in the 4 X 200m Aaron Decaires leads-off in the 4 X 200m Aaron DeCaires to Mike Schiafone in the 4 X 400m
Devon Prate takes off in the 4 X 400m Devon Prate to Joe Foley in the 4 X 400m Chris Chen in the 4 X 400m Brandon DiIenno in the 4 X 400m Steve McCarroll in the 4 X 400m Kyle Magulick in the 4 X 400m

Highland Frosh/Soph Meet

Also on April 9, 2007, a team of Freshmen and Sophomore athletes traveled to Highland High School in Blackwood, NJ for the Highland Frosh/Soph Meet. The team took home many medals but only Sophomore Chris Jackson took home a First Place! He won the 100m Dash and then took 2nd in the Long Jump and 3rd in the Triple Jump! Further details later!

Here are some pictures from that meet!

Chris Jackson in the TJ Mike Palmieri in the HH Matt McCarroll in the 800m Brian Schules in the 800m Mike Czuba in the 800m Evan Clyde in the 800m
Tino Ghaly in the 800m AJ Valentine in the 800m Sean Stout in the Shot Put Royce McGarry in the 200m Dan Rabinowitz in the 200m Alex Walker in the 200m
Eric English in the 200m Stan Michalski, Omar Bird, AJ Valentine, Nick Harker in the 200m Marc Saccomanno in the 3200m Sean Hartnett in the 3200m Adam Henriksen in the 3200m Mike Palmieri leads-off the 4 X 400m
Mike Palmieri to Matt McCarroll the 4 X 400m Matt McCarroll to Mike Czuba in the 4 X 400m Mike Czuba to Alex Walker the 4 X 400m AJ Valentine passes to Stan Michalski the 4 X 400m Alex Michalski to Rob Roselli in the 4 X 400m Nick Harker finishes the 4 X 400m

Dual Meet: Eastern Regional High School

On April 11, 2007, the team faced its first dual meet against the traditionally powerful Eastern Regional High School and came out a winner! Many team members "stepped-up" to surprise the Vikings, including Aaron DeCaires who set four PR's while scoring in four events -- 1st in the HH, 2nd in the IH, 2nd in the LJ, and 3rd in the TJ -- and the High Hurdles squad in general, composed of Chris Chen, Major Mobley and Mike Schiafone, who swept the first four places in the event! Other outstanding performances came from Mike Merrigan who had three PR's while winning the 400m, and taking 2nd in the 100m and 200m! In the field events, Demitrius Richardson won the Javalin with a huge PR and Dan Farid won the Discus with his own PR! Lynell Payne and Justin Turner took 1st and 2nd in the High Jump, also with PR performances! And Chris Steliga won the Long Jump with another excellent performance! In the distance events, Alex Yersak who won both the 1600m and 3200m races. He ran a great tactical race in the 1600m, setting his own PR for the 800m in the last half of the race! Also, Kevin Schickling, running a similar race with negative-splits, won the 800m with a super last 400m and a incredible dive at the finish line! "Ya shudda seen it, Dude" remarked one eloquent observer, "it was crazy!"

Crazy or not, led by these guys, the team scored 81 - 59 against Eastern . . . a very nice way to begin the dual meet competition! The record for 2007: 1 - 0! GO CHIEFS!

Here are some pictures from the meet including, this time, many of the Weight team!

Chris Jackson in the LJ Steve Watson in the LJ Justin Turner in the HJ Lynell Payne in the HJ Tom Senia in 400IH Aaron DeCaires in the 400IH
Kevin Merrigan and Chris Steliga in the 100m Niraj Patel in the 100m Kevin Merrigan in the 200m Royce McGarry in the HJ Brian Kershner in the HJ Ed Kramer in the HJ
Aaron Decaires in the HH Mike Schiafone and Major Mobley lead the HH Mike Palmieri in the HH Chris Chen in the HH Kevin 'Slider' Schickling in the 800m Richie Davis
Mike Schiafone passes to AJ Valentine in the 4 X 400m Rob Roselli to Marc Saccomanno in the 4 X 400m Joe Masoero AJ Valentine to Joe Gentes in the 4 X 400m Joe Gentes finishes the 4 X 400m Coach Shaklee reviews the meet with the team

Dom Roskoski in the discus Harshil DeSai in the discus Demitrius Richardson in the discus Dan Farid in the discus Chris Ratkis in the discus Kyle Magulick in the shot
Lynell Paine in the shot Dean Barr in the shot AJ Cordero in the shot Jon Turner in the shot Nick Walker in the shot Tom Saling in the shot
Grant Faulkner in the shot Mike Leoniy in the shot Sean Stout in the shot

Moorestown Invitational

On April 14, 2007, many of the team's top performers bussed to Moorestown HS for the 1st Moorestown Invitational. There, five relay squads took 1st place laurels, while another two took 2nd, and one took 3rd! The 1st place relay teams included the 4 X 110HH Relay of Chris Chen, Mike Schiafone, Major Mobley and Aaron DeCaires; the Sprint Medley Relay of Sean Farrow, Bill Iamurri, Chris Steliga (PR) and AJ Valentine; the Discus Relay of Chris Ratkis and Dan Farid with two PR's; the Long Jump Relay of Chris Steliga and Aaron Decaires; and the High Jump Relay of Lynell Paine and Justin Turner.

The second place teams included the 4 X 100m Relay of Kevin Merrigan, Sean Farrow, Chris Steliga, and Sam Shapiro; and the Triple Jump Relay of Major Mobley and Travis Sutton. Lastly, the 3rd place 4 X 400m Relay team consisted of Mike Schiafone, Kevin Merrigan, Joe Gentes, and Devin Prate.

Also at this meet, Sean Hartnett deserved special recognition for his performance in the 5K where he dropped a half-minute off of his PR!

Start of 5K Alex yersak and Chris Applegate in 5K Sean Hartnett in 5K Chris Steliga on his way to 1st place in the LJ Relay Sean Farrow to Joe Gentes in 4 X 200m Dan Farid throws on way to 1st in the Disc Relay
Chris Ratkis throws on way to 1st in the Disc Relay Lynell Payne jumps on way to 1st in the HJ Relay Chris Chen on his way to 1st place in Shuttle Hurdles Relay Mike Schiafone on his way to 1st place in Shuttle Hurdles Relay Major Mobley on his way to 1st place in Shuttle Hurdles Relay Aaron DeCaries anchors the 1st place Shuttle Hurdles Relay
Justin Turner jumps on his way to 1st in the HJ Relay Justin Turner jumps on his way to 1st in the HJ Relay Sam Shapiro in the 4 X 200m Relay Travis Sutton in the Triple Jump Relay Sean Farrow to Bill Iamurri in the SMR Chris Steliga in the SMR
AJ Valentine on the back stretch in the SMR AJ Valentine finishes the SMR in 1st place Rob Roselli in the 1500m Kevin Schickling in the 1500m Steve Burkholder in the 1500m Devin Prate in the 4 X 400m

Boys Track Spotlight: Burlington County Times

On April 18, 2007, Kevin Merrigan was the spotlighted "Track Athlete of the Week." The BCT had this to say:

"Kevin Merrigan has a football injury to thank for his track career. Merrigan was strictly a football/baseball player his first three years at Cherokee High School, but a shoulder injury he suffered playing football last fall ended both careers. He turned to track, and the results have been terrific.

"Merrigan has already run 11.1, 22.7 and 51.7 this spring. At the Hall of Fame Relays, he helped the Chiefs place second in both the 800 relay (with Joe Gentes, Steve Watson and Chris Steliga) and distance medley (with Alex Yersak, Kevin Schickling and Chris Applegate), and at Saturday's Moorestown Invitational he teamed with Sean Farrow, Steliga and Sam Shapiro to place second in the 400-meter relay in 44.6.

"'Right from the start, he was a dedicated, hard worker, and he found that he really loved the sport,' Cherokee coach Steve Shaklee said. 'It's amazing to think that he just started running in December. He already does everything right, from warm-up to stretching to workouts. He's a team leader by example and just a great kid to have in the program.'"

Congratulations to Kevin on this recognition of his fine performances!

Kevin Merrigan at Eastern Kevin Merrigan at Eastern

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