Cherokee Track & Field Pictures, 2008, Page IV

Late Spring!

This page marks the Late Spring Season highlighting the Frosh-Novice Meet at Bishop Eustace Prep (April 18th); the Woodbury Relays at Woodbury High School (April 19th); the dual meet with Cherry Hill HS East (April 22nd); the Penn Relays (April 25th and 26th); and the final dual meet with Pennsauken (April 28th). GO CHEROKEE!

Bishop Eustace Frosh-Novice Meet

On April 18th, 2008, the younger and less-experienced runners on the team bussed to Pennsauken for Bishop Eustace Prep's Frosh-Novice Meet, an opportunity to compete without top Varsity competition. Impressive performances came in the Open 200m where Cherokee's runners had a slew of PR times and JoJo White dropped a full 2 seconds off his best time! In the 1600m, Ryan Lutz and Kyle Miller finished 1st and 2nd, and Adam Henriksen dropped 16 seconds from his season best! And, finally, in the 4 X 400m relay, the team of Tim Brill, Scott Woodmansee, Will Piedra and Josh Ungerleider finished 2nd, with Piedra running his first sub-55 second PR; and the Frosh 4 x 400 Relay team of Ryan Merrigan, Jason Brockman, Sagatom Saha and Eric Birkhead ran a strong race to finish 5th!

Kyle Miller presses the pace with Lutz and Ungerleider Ryan Lutz Josh Ungerleider Adam Henriksen JoJo White Eric Birkhead
Will Pietra Jack Conway Jason Brockman Frank Kumi Scott Woodmansee Ryan Merrigan
Sagatom Saha Jack Conway and Friend Duong Nguyen Tim Brill Scott Woodmansee Josh Ungerleider
Dive! dive! Dive! Eric Birkhead gives his all!

Woodbury Relays

On April 19th, 2008, after missing this meet for a few years, the "Chiefs" returned to Woodbury High School's new stadium -- with its 8-lane, slightly rectangular track -- to compete in the 36th Annual Woodbury Relays. Though not winning any of the races, Cherokee placed in 6 of 7 events and finished 3rd in the Group IV Division!

While doing so, the sprint squad of Kevin Merrigan, Niraj Patel, Will Rapp, and Chris Steliga broke two school records, the 4 X 200m Relay (1:30.2) and the 4 X 100m Relay (43.0)! And the distance squad of Kevin Schickling, Mike Palmieri, Chris Applegate and Alex Yersak took 2nd in the Distance Medley Relay; and then Schickling, Applegate, and Yersak returned, and joined by Steve Burkholder, took 2nd again in the 4 X 800m Relay!

In the Invitational Field Events, Long Jumper Chris Steliga took 3rd in his event, while Triple Jumper Major Mobley took 8th in his. Both athletes later joined in a photo session with Olympic great Carl Lewis after Lewis was told that they had broken his 30-year-old Triple Jump Relay record at the Burlington County Hall of Fame Meet!

Chris Steliga in LJ Ted Schickling in the DMR Ted Schickling passes to Mike Palmieri in the DMR CHris Applegate in the DMR Chris Aplegate to Alex Yersak in the DMR Alex Yersak in the DMR
Mike Brocco leads-off in SHR Mike Brocco in the SHR Mike Palmieri in the SHR Andrew Wenzel in the SHR Major Mobley in the SHR Major Mobley in the SHR
Kevin Merrigan starts 800m Relay Niraj Patel to Will Rapp in 800m Relay Chris Steliga anchors 800m Relay Steliga, Patel, Rapp, Merrigan break school record! Steve Burkholder starts the 3200m Relay Chris Applegate anchors the 3200m Relay
Major Mobley in the TJ Will Rapp anchors the 400m Relay Major Mobley and Chris Steliga with Olympian Carl Lewis AJ Valentine beats up on crippled kid!

Dual Meet: Cherry Hill High School East

On April 22nd, 2008, Cherokee traveled the short distance to Cherry Hill High School East and came home victors! Highlights include the triple wins by Chris Steliga in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, and the 400m Dash; and a double win (for the 4th straight dual meet) by Kevin Merrigan in the 100m and 200m Dashes! In the field, Chris Velarides had a nice PR win in the Discus; while, in the distance events, Steve Burkholder had a strong finish to win the 1600m, and Kevin Schickling fought off an impressive challenge from an East runner to win the 800m! Final Score: 83 - 57!

Dual Meet Record for 2008: 4 - 0! GO CHEROKEE!

Tyler Shane in 400IH Brandon Blue in 400IH Scott Woodmansee in 400IH Mike Palmieri in 400IH Jason Brockman and Frank Kumi Finish in 100m
Justin Turner in the LJ Smith, Burkholder and Hartnett in 1600m Kyle Smith Steve Burkholder winning the 800m Ryan McNair finishes the 800m Joe Cashin starts the 400m
Kyle Muench leads heat of 400m Steve McCarroll shows sprinter's flair! Chris Steliga on way to win 400m Frank Wall in the vault Grant Faulkner in the discus Eric Biggs in the discus
Mark LaRosa in the disc Tyler Bothel in the disc Justin Nykiel in the disc Drake Rodgers in the 110HH Andrew Wenzel in the 110HH Mike Brocco and Major Mobley in the 110HH
Sean Stout in the shot Nick Walker in the shot Mike Leoniy in the shot Adam Henriksen in the 800m Ted Schickling in the 800m Mike Chuba in the 800m
Matt Maze flies in the vault! Matt Adezzio in the vault Jon Turner in the shot Duong Nguyen and Jack Conway in the 200m Brian Schules leads heat of 200m Cherokee sweeps heat!
AJ Valentine and Tim Brill in 200m Alex Yersak and Matt McCarroll in the 3200m Marc Saccomanno in the 3200m Drills in the 4 X 400m Joe Cashin to Jason Brockman JoJo White in the HJ
AJ Valentine in the 4 X 400m Josh Ungerleider in the 4 X 400m Will Pietra in the 4 X 400m Ed Kramer in the HJ Lynell Paine in the HJ Demetrius Richardson in the HJ

Penn Relays

The Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia are special, and everyone involved in Track and Field wants to tell their friends that they ran, and ran well, there! This year, the 114th, was as big as ever, with more than 20,000 entries and 425 races over the three days of competition, and Cherokee was eager to be a part of it!

Therefore, on April 25th and 26th, 2008, Cherokee entered two teams who dreamed of returning home with the laurels of victory! On Friday, Kevin Merrigan, Niraj Patel, Chris Steliga and Will Rapp competed in the 4 X 100m, hoping to at least set another school record in the event! Although they failed in that, they won their heat by a huge margin and ran the 3rd fastest time of all South Jersey teams at the Penn Relays!

On Saturday, Steliga, Merrigan and Rapp returned and, this time, teamed with AJ Valentine in the 4 X 400m. They, too, failed to set another record, but they established a season-best time of 3:26.02!

The meet also includes a number of "Invitational" field events where a small group of the best athletes "from all over" compete against each other. In the Long Jump, for example, 20 jumpers were selected and Chris Steliga was among that elite group! In the Trials, he qualified 5th overall with a season-best jump of 22' 8" but he was unable to improve on that performance in the Finals, finishing in a highly-respectable 8th overall!

The 4 X 100m from the Cherokee Skybox!

The stadium before the action takes place! Merrigan takes off in Lane 4! Merrigan passes to Patel Patel to Steliga Steliga on turn
Steliga prepares to pass to Rapp Steliga passes to Rapp Rapp in lead! Rapp finishes, crowd goes crazy! Board tells the story!

The 4 X 400m from ground level!

Pays to advertise Chris Steliga in a crowd Chris Steliga breaks free Kevin Merrigan moves to pass Kevin Merrigan passing Will Rapp on the backstretch
Will Rapp at the turn Will Rapp AJ Valentine at the back turn AJ Valentine Board tells the story

The Invitational Long Jump from both!

Steliga, early run-through Steliga, early run-through Steliga, 1st attempt Steliga, 2nd attempt
Steliga, 3rd attempt Steliga, from top, long view Steliga, from top, 4th attempt Steliga, from top, 5th attempt

Highland Frosh-Soph Meet

On April 26, 2008, while the Penn Relays were going on in Philadelphia, many of the younger members of the team traveled to Highland High School for their Frosh-Soph Meet. No photographs are available but several significant performances deserve recognition. Drake Rodgers had two PR's in the meet: a 5' 8" performance in the High Jump, and 17.8 in the High Hurdles! Ed Kramer cleared 5' 10'' in the high jump, while Kyle Miller PR'd in the 1600m by what Coach Shaklee called "an inch!" Also, Ryan Bobb PR'd in the 3200m! Next year, look for these guys in "the bigs" . . . the Penn Relays!

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